Remote mine-hunting system tested for LCS ships

Dec. 13, 2013 at 1:02 PM

PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The Lockheed Martin remote mine-hunting system for the U.S. Navy's littoral combat ship completed developmental testing earlier this month, the Navy said.

At-sea testing of the system comprised of a remote mission vehicle and variable depth sonar was to demonstrate the system's reliability and effectiveness.

The operations tested included the mission cycle, from pre-launch mission planning and vehicle readiness checks to operations in a simulated minefield and post-mission data analysis.

The Navy said the system operated as expected, opening the door to later deployment on the littoral combat ship as a component of the LCS mine counter-measures mission package.

The testing was led by the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Panama City, Fla. The next events for the remote mine-hunting system will be an operational assessment in January and its use in the complete LCS mine counter-measures mission package the following year, the Navy said.

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