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Textron nets contract to develop mine countermeasure system that doesn't need towing

24th March 2023 - 12:30 GMT | by Harry Lye in London


The MAGNUSS onboard payload system follows on from the towed mine sweep Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) pictured above, which is integrated onto USVs. (Photo: Textron Systems)

Removing the need to tow an array would allow mine countermeasure USVs to access previously hard-to-reach areas.

The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) has awarded a new contract to Textron to build a new mine countermeasures (MCM) payload for MCM USVs that does not need towing.

Worth $20.7 million, the contract covers development of the Magnetic and Acoustic Generation Next Unmanned Superconducting Sweep (MAGNUSS) MCM technology.

The payload comprises a high-temperature superconducting magnetic source with advanced acoustic gear.

MAGNUSS is an ONR-sponsored future naval capability effort expected to transition into a Naval Sea Systems Command programme to equip the MCM USV.

Work on the contract is expected to be concluded by March 2026.

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Harry Lye


Harry Lye

Harry Lye was Senior Naval Reporter at Shephard Media.

Harry joined the company in 2021, …

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