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Next-Gen Underwater Drone Boosts Naval Capabilities

The workhorse of the military”s undersea drone inventory is an autonomous device 8 feet long and 12.5 inches in diameter. It”s good up to depths of about 600 meters. As mine-seekers, these machines have proven their stripes. But the next generation is going to be something else entirely: more than 25 feet long, 48 inches

Navy’s Laser Detection System Delivers Rapid Wide-Area Mine Threat Assessment

The Navy has taken a step forward in deploying a new mine-detection sensor platform. The helicopter-borne array should give operators a way to glean situational awareness around nautical mines from a safe stand-off distance. The Navy recently announced initial operational capability for the AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection System, or ALMDS. Mounted on MH-60 helicopters,

Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle May Take on Missions Beyond Minesweeping

Now in water testing: an unmanned surface boat designed to launch from the littoral combat ship to assist with the location and destruction of undersea mines. But according to the boat’s creators at Textron Systems, the technology may have a much broader range of uses in the future. The system in question is the common