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Navy Receives Initial Batch of Northrop Mine-Hunting Sonar Upgrade Kits

Navy Receives Initial Batch of Northrop Mine-Hunting Sonar Upgrade Kits - top government contractors - best government contracting event

sonar-upgrade-kitsNorthrop Grumman has produced the first of three batches of tools for the U.S. Navy to modernize the service branch’s current mine-hunting countermeasure technology.

The tools have been delivered to the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Panama City division  in Florida and are designed to update 27 AQS-24A mine-hunting devices into the AQS-24B configuration, Northrop said Wednesday.

The Navy’s HM-12, -14 and -15 Mine Countermeasures Squadrons will operate the AQS-24B from MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters and unmanned surface vessels in the Arabian Gulf.

The updated system will employ a synthetic aperture sonar designed operate at a speed of 18 knots and scan the ocean floor at three times the resolution of the previous configuration.

Northrop is scheduled to deliver the second lot of AQS-24B modernization kits this fall and the third batch in spring 2017.

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