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DSEI 2021: Raytheon, Atlas Elektronik to demonstrate minehunting capability to RN

16th September 2021 - 15:00 GMT | by Harry Lye in London

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The AQS-20C Towed Mine-hunting Sonar is streamed into Gulf of Mexico waters of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) Gulf test range. (Photo: USN)

The AQS-20C system features four separate sonars, including a forward-looking sensor, reducing the number of passes needed to detect mines in a given area.

Raytheon Technologies and Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) have partnered to demonstrate an advanced minehunting capability blending the former's AQS-20C advanced sonar and the latter's ARCIMS USV.

The AQS-20C is already entering service with the USN as part of its Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) minehunting package

The Raytheon system will be shown to the RN in October 2021 at the Wilton Industry Show and Experiment for Mine Counter Measures (WISEX) in Scotland, where other industry teams will also demonstrate capabilities.

For WISEX, the RN has laid dummy mines in two areas with challenging conditions. Industry is tasked with using its capabilities to …

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