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Northrop integrates data collected from AQS-24B to SeeTrack

4th July 2018 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Northrop Grumman is partnering with SeeByte to incorporate AQS-24B mine hunting sensor data into the SeeTrack system to enhance its autonomous target recognition (ATR) capability.

The two companies began their collaboration over a year ago and will be ready to demonstrate an initial release of this new capability during the Royal Australian Navy's Autonomous Warrior 18 exercise in Jervis Bay, Sydney, in November 2018.

The AQS-24B is able to scan the ocean floor at a speed of 18kt. The system uses a high-resolution, side scan sonar for real time detection, localisation and classification of mines at high coverage rates and a laser line scanner to provide precision optical identification.

SeeTrack is a mission planning, monitoring and post-mission analysis tool that can generate an integrated image from multiple sensors and platforms for explosive ordnance disposal and clearance operations.

Alan Lytle, VP, undersea systems, Northrop Grumman, said: ‘The merging of the unmanned surface vessel-based AQS-24B with the SeeByte ATR will provide international navies with a better probability of detection and classification of bottom mines than is currently possible with an operator-only system.’

The product of this collaboration will be available for upcoming new mine countermeasures ship and payload programmes worldwide.

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