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Navy Acquires Underwater Drone for Mine Sweeping

The U.S. Navy and the Defense Innovation Unit selected L3Harris Technologies to provide an unmanned undersea vehicle for expeditionary undersea missions, particularly mine sweeping.The Next Generation, Small-Class, Maritime Expeditionary Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (MEMUUV) program took delivery of one Iver4-900 UUV for testing. Later will come two field-swappable modular payload sections to include real

Navy Improves Helicopter-Fired Laser Weapons to Counter Mines

The U.S. Navy is looking at ways to improve its now operational airborne laser system designed to track enemy mines from low-flying helicopters and expand the surface area from which mine detection takes place and no longer rely purely upon more narrowly configured, mechanized, or towed mine detection systems. The system, called Airborne Laser Mine

Navy Laser Mine Detection Now Operational

The Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) developed by Northrop Grumman for the MH-60S Seahawk helicopter has reached initial operational capability, according to Navy spokesman Alan Baribeau. The ALMDS makes use of the motion of the aircraft and advanced bathymetric laser pulse technology to identify and localize mines in shallow areas, such as littoral zones