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Northrop Grumman sonar to be tested on Iver4 UUV

4th February 2020 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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A Northrop Grumman synthetic aperture sonar is to be integrated onto L3Harris Technologies’ Iver4 Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) for testing, the company announced on 3 February.

The µSAS low-SWaP, high-performance interferometric synthetic aperture sonar enables longer sorties and higher area coverage rates for UUV missions.

The sonar will be integrated onto the Iver4 for a 12-month test period as part of the US Defense Innovation Unit’s Next Generation Small-Class UUV programme. The system will be tested in San Diego, California by the US Navy.

Alan Lytle, vice president, undersea systems, Northrop Grumman, said: ‘The Northrop Grumman µSAS advanced imaging sonar is a mine-hunting force multiplier designed specifically for UUVs. This integration will help to deliver a significant increase in the platform’s ability to detect objects on the seafloor and in the water column.’

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