BAE Systems has won an $11 million contract to build three mine-hunting sonar systems for U.S. Navy mine countermeasure ships, according to a Military & Aerospace article.
John Keller writes that the device, called the AN/SQQ-32(V)4, is an upgrade on a 1980’s sonar application.
BAE has been manufacturing the upgraded mine hunting device since 2010 and is completing work under a 2011 $10.3 million contract to provide 10 of the devices.
The upgraded device is meant to better detect and classify bottom and moored sea mines in shallow waters, according to the article.
The current contract is set to be completed in December 2015.
Keller adds that the devices require fiber optic technology to send 10 gigabytes per second of raw data to ship computers.