TEWKSBURY, Mass., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Raytheon completed delivery of sonar equipment to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to support its unmanned anti-submarine warfare program.
Raytheon delivered its latest Modular Scalable Sonar System, or MS3, a fifth-generation hull-mounted system designed to alert crew members of incoming threats including torpedoes, naval mines and smaller objects to enhance navigation safety.
"MS3 builds on a legacy of sonar expertise, integrating a host of capabilities in a single sonar system," Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems Advanced Technology Vice President Paul Ferraro said in a statement.
Raytheon's MS3 technology supports DARPA's development of The Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel, or ACTUV, in development to counter quiet diesel electric submarines. In developing the ACTUV, DARPA says they aim to provide a vessel design that outmatches electric submarines while also being a fraction of their size at lower cost.
"MS3 will provide DARPA with exceptional performance -- from detection to tracking -- from an unmanned platform," Ferraro added.