BAE develops mine-hunt capability for Navy

March 1, 2012 at 5:00 PM

NASHUA, N.H., March 1 (UPI) -- BAE Systems announced that it has provided an upgrade for the U.S. Navy to help identify underwater mine threats.

BAE Systems said that it has delivered the second AN/SQQ-32(V)4 Mine Hunting Sonar System, ahead of schedule as part a $27.5 million contract. The devices will be to be mounted on Navy ships in Sasebo, Japan.

"We are pleased to provide the U.S. Navy with the latest in mine countermeasures capabilities," BAE Systems Program Manager Michael Houle said. "The High Frequency Wide Band upgrade will enable the Navy to more effectively detect stealthy mines to help ensure the safety of our sailors.

"Our dedicated industry team is focused on delivering this much needed technology to the Fleet to help the Navy meet its aggressive ship installation schedules."

The upgraded BAE systems are produced in Hudson, N.H., and remaining systems are expected to be upgraded by 2013.

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