US: Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a contract from the US Navy for the continued production of the AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS). The contract includes the production of five ALMDS pod subsystems, support equipment, spares, and technical support.
The ALMDS is mounted on an MH-60S helicopter. Flying over sea lanes, it finds and geolocates mine-like objects with its pulsed laser light and streak tube receivers by imaging, in 3-D, day or night, the near-surface of the ocean.
"This programme is a win-win. The airborne sensor has the capability to keep our sailors out of the minefield and we are producing it while reducing the per-pod price over previous buys that helps enable the Navy to meet their cost targets. We look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with the US Navy on the ALMDS programme and supporting initial operating capability in FY16,” said Doug Shaffer, Director, electronic attack/maritime systems integration, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.
Source: Global newswire