Navy briefs industry on fast-track acquisition plan for torpedo-based anti-submarine maritime mine

April 27, 2020
Navy wants Hammerhead mine fast due to the importance of offensive mining under the National Defense Strategy for peer naval competition.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Navy is pushing to develop the Hammerhead maritime mine, with 16 companies attending a recent virtual industry day that enabled the rapid-acquisition program to keep progressing despite coronavirus-related restrictions in place. USNI News reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

27 April 2020 -- The service is pursuing an offensive mining system that would be laid by an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) and then lie in wait for an enemy submarine.

The heart of the Hammerhead is the MK 54 lightweight torpedo as its effector, and an entire system would be built around that torpedo: a mooring module; an energy module; a sensor module; a command, control, signal processing and decision module; and a communications module; as well as associated support facilities and equipment and shipping containers.

The Hammerhead is designed to detect, classify, and destroy enemy submarines.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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