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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 12 January 2017
Total Production: 49
Unitary Cost: USD$3.5 million
Also Known As: Airborne Laser Mine Detection System
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Arete Associates, CPI Aero, Curtiss-Wright, Cutting Edge Optronics, Meggitt Defense Systems and Northrop Grumman*   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: AN/AES-1 ALMDS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 12 January 2017
Total Production: 49
Total Cost: USD$255 million
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Description: The Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) is an organic mine detection system designed for integration onto rotary wing aircraft such as the US Navy's MH-60S and/or any other MH-60 series aircraft. The US Navy awarded the ALMDS development contract to Northrop-Grumman in 2000 and the development and demonstration concluded in (June?) 2005. The system uses LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) blue-green laser technology to detect, classify and localize mines in shallow waters. The system has been demonstrated effective against floating and near-surface moored sea mines. Once deployed, it will allow surface ships to maneuver through clear sea lanes.

The ALMDS will be one of five sensor systems originally selected for the MH-60S' Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) capability. In addition, this sea mine clearance system has been selected for integration onto the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mine-warfare mission module. The system is deployed inside external pods of equipment mounted on a rotary wing aircraft.

In June 2005, the US Navy cleared the ALMDS for the production phase after completing successfully the development and demonstration phase. It is expected that 57 ALMDS systems will be procured by the US Navy between 2005 and 2011. The overall program was valued at $200 million. On 7 September 2005, Northrop-Grumman was awarded a $124 million contract for three low rate initial production AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection Systems (ALMDS).�Systems deliveries to the US Navy were expected to be complete before February 2010.

AN/AES-1 ALMDS Applications

Support Aircraft EH101 Merlin MH-60S Knighthawk


There are 8 news between
29 Jan 2007 and 12 Jan 2017
Thursday, January 12, 2017US Navy's AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection System Achieves Initial Operational Capability
Tuesday, March 10, 2015Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Takes Delivery of MCH101 Airborne Mine Counter Measures Helicopter
Monday, February 2, 2015US Navy Orders Additional Airborne Laser Mine Detection Systems
Thursday, February 2, 2012Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Orders Four Airborne Laser Mine Detection Systems
Tuesday, October 19, 2010US Navy Orders Additional AN/AES-1 ALMDS Mine Countermeasures Systems
Wednesday, July 22, 2009FMS: Republic of Korea Seeks Sale of Eight MH-60S Helicopters
Tuesday, January 30, 2007US Navy Takes Delivery of Airborne Laser Mine Detection System
Monday, January 29, 2007Northrop Grumman Delivers First Production ALMDS Pod to the US Navy

Operators & Related Equipment

United States of America45
As of January 2007 the ALMDS program's scope was for 45 pods through 2018 compared to the original requirement for 57 pods through 2011. The program value including production of 45 ALMDSs was estimated by the US Navy at $255 million (January 2007).

Grand Total 492
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