Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2007
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: Expendable Mine Neutralization System
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Lockheed Martin
Parent System: EMNS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2007
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Expendable Mine Neutralization System (EMNS) is a ship-based mine countermeasure disposal system developed by Lockheed Martin for the US Navy as the replacement of AN/SLQ-48 mine neutralization system onboard the MCM 1 Avenger-class mine countermeasure vessels. The new mine countermeasure system is intended to protect aircraft carrier and expeditionary strike groups by rapidly reacquiring, targeting and neutralizing moored and sea-bottom mines. Lockheed Martin's Undersea Systems facility, in Syracuse, New York, will manage the EMNS program.

The BAE Systems Archerfish mine disposal underwater vehicle will be the key element of EMNS. The Archerfish is a remotely-operated vehicle that detects mines using a sonar sensor and provides video imagery to enable the EMNS operator to identify the mine and, eventually, to command its destruction. The US Navy expects EMNS to reduce the amount of time required to detect, identify and dispose mine threats. Its scalable, open architecture design will enable interoperability with other mine countermeasure systems and rapid insertion and integration into MCM 1 Avenger-class ships.

The US Navy awarded Lockheed Martin the $11 million System Development & Demonstration (SDD) contract November 19, 2007. Under the terms of the contract, Lockheed Martin will develop software, hardware and interfaces for the EMNS and integrate two engineering development models (EDMs) with two Avenger-class ships. These ships will serve the US Navy for developmental and operational testing and evaluation.

EMNS Applications

Auxiliary Vessels MCM 1 Avenger


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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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