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Remote Minehunting System

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The Remote Minehunting System (RMS) provides the primary mine reconnaissance capability in the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Mission Package.  RMS addresses a critical Mine Warfare gap - using unmanned, offboard systems to detect, classify, localize and identify bottom and moored mines in littoral regions - without putting sailors or high-value capital ships in the minefield.  It uses an unmanned, autonomous Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle (RMMV) that tows an advanced Variable Depth Sensor (AQS-20A) that supports minehunting sensors.  The RMMV can operate at great distances (over the horizon) with 24-hour endurance.  No other unmanned system available today has demonstrated the capability or maturity of RMS for persistent, high search rate mine reconnaissance. The RMMV has undergone rigorous reliability testing, completing 1300 hours of at-sea testing during the RMS Reliability Growth Program.



Minehunting System Completes Reliability Growth Program

Remote system ready for U.S. Navy operational evaluation on Littoral Combat Ship