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Monday, September 14, 2015

Northrop Grumman's AQS-24B Mine Hunting System Sets New Standard for Synthetic Aperture Sonar

MH-53E Sea DragonIn a U.S. Navy field test, Northrop Grumman Corporation's AQS-24B mine hunting system successfully demonstrated the ability to perform synthetic aperture sonar processing at 18 knots in real time.

The AQS-24B was developed at Northrop Grumman's Undersea Systems campus in Annapolis. The field testing took place at the U.S. Navy Central Command in Bahrain, May 19-28. The AQS-24B finished 12 for 12 in successfully executing missions during the test exercise.

During separate Tactics Development trials in Panama City, Florida, the AQS-24B achieved a record long single sortie tow duration of 16.25 hours from a surface ship.

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