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AN/SLQ-48  
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Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Raytheon
Parent System: AN/SLQ-48
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Description: The AN/SLQ-48 MNS (Mine Neutralization System) is a sea mine clearance system featuring a CCD-TV camera and a high resolution sonar to work in low light levels and highly turbid water conditions. It also features an underwater vehicle with a built-in acoustic tracking system and a powered umbilical cable qualified against entanglements with obstacles in the water or on the seabed.

Once a potential mine is found by the sonar of the mine hunter vessel, the underwater vehicle is released and guided by the SLQ-48's operator using the control console joysticks. After positive identification is made, can cut the mooring cable of a moored mine through an explosive cutter or can drop an explosive device near the bottom mine to be triggered by an acoustic signal later.

A total of 28 AN/SLQ-48 systems and 57 underwater vehicles have been delivered to the US Navy. The AN/SLQ-48 are deployed aboard the Avenger and Osprey class Mine Hunter vessels. The AN/SLQ-48 was combat proven during operation Desert Storm in 1991. It is suitable against deep and fast water mines.

AN/SLQ-48 Applications


Auxiliary Vessels MCM 1 Avenger

AN/SLQ-48 Specifications

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CEP: Circular Error Probable
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AN/SLQ-48 News

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on 19 Nov 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007US Navy Pursues New Expendable Mine Neutralization System Replacing SLQ-48

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