Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: Airborne Mine Neutralization System
Origin: United States of America
BAE Systems (Archerfish and deployment mechanism) and Raytheon* (*) lead contractor
Parent System: AN/ASQ-235 AMNS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2006
Total Production: 5
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Description: The AN/ASQ-235 AMNS (Airborne Mine Neutralization System) is a component of the US Navy's Organic Mine Countermeasures family of systems to be integrated into the MH-60S aircraft. AMNS was designed by Raytheon to be deployed by helicopter to locate and destroy anti-shipping mines. The anti-mine system consists of a control console and a launching mechanism for four Archerfish unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) that are lowered from the helicopter. These UUVs are tethered with a fiber-optic cable and equipped with video and sonar sensors to detect and find anti-shipping mines. AN/ASQ-235's UUVs also carry an explosive charge to allow the operator in the helicopter to remotely dispose the anti-shipping mine.
The remotely operated Archerfish underwater vehicle is able to locate mines using sonar. It enables operators to identify mines using an onboard camera. Mine disposal can be accomplished detonating Archerfish. BAE Systems is responsible for the manufacturing of Archerfish mine disposal system and its deployment mechanism.
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