Raytheon developing advanced unmanned undersea warfare technologies for future counter-mine warfare at sea

Jan. 6, 2020
Synthetic aperture sonar systems, unmanned systems, automated deploy and retrieval systems may revolutionize U.S. Navy mine-warfare systems.

SAN DIEGO – The Raytheon Co. has demonstrated its single-sortie mine neutralization concept as part of the US Navy’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) 2019. Naval Technology reports. Continue reading original article

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6 Jan. 2020 -- Andrew Wilde, Raytheon’s director of strategy & business development for undersea warfare explains in an interview how the company’s solutions could help allied navies keep sea lanes safe with a variety of manned and unmanned systems.

Raytheon has been working on advanced concepts of operations for naval counter-mine warfare with the U.S. Navy for some time now, beginning with a program called the Airborne Mine Neutralization Program which is a helicopter-based mine neutralization system that uses BAE Systems effectors.

The U.S. military has capable adversaries with equally capable mines, which can be planted very deep or in such a way that they’re camouflaged. Raytheon is advancing the synthetic aperture sonar to find these very difficult targets.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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