Raytheon Company has been awarded a $12.9 million contract with the U.S. Navy’s Coastal Systems Station, Panama City, for two AQS-20 Minehunting Sonar systems bringing the total number of AQS-20 systems under contract to 10.
AQS-20 is an advanced minehunting sonar system that incorporates five separate sonars in a compact, lightweight and hydrodynamically stable vehicle that can be towed from a helicopter or unmanned vehicle.
The system combines signal processing and computer algorithms with sidescan, forward looking and gap filler sonars to detect, localise and classify objects from the sea floor to the surface in a single pass. The system can classify all mine types, including bottom, close tethered, tethered and volume mines.
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems will develop and deliver AQS-20 sonar, hardware, electronics, processors and towed body components.
In addition, the contract includes an option for two Volume Search Sonar assemblies that extend the system’s volume search to a range substantially greater than typical systems. Development, test, integration, and production of component hardware and processors will be performed at Raytheon’s Portsmouth, Rhode Island, facility.