AN/AQS-20C  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2020
Total Production: 10
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Raytheon
Parent System: AN/AQS-20
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Total Production: 35
Family Members: AN/AQS-20A
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Description: The AN/AQS-20 is a powerful underwater towed mine hunting sonar system chosen for integration onto the LCS Flight 0 vessel and the MH-60S helicopter as an organic element along with other four mine countermeasures systems under the Organic Airborne Mine Countermeasures (OAMCM) systems initiative. The US Navy might employ the AQS-20 towed by the AN/WLD-1 semi-submersible autonomous vehicle/Remote Mine hunting System. In addition, the AQS-20 was integrated successfully on the US Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon mine countermeasures helicopter.

The AQS-20 is intended to detect and identify deeper moored mines and visible bottom mines. It consists of an state-of-the-art, side-looking, multibeam sonar system delivering real-time high-resolution imagery of the ocean bottom. This picture, which also relies on electro-optical sensors, can be employed by the parent platform to destroy or avoid the mine. In fact, the US Navy plans to employ this system along with the Airborne Mine Neutralization System on the MH-60S helicopter.

The US Navy AN/AQS-20C is a minehunting sonar developed for integration onto the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the Mine CounterMeasure (MCM) Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). The AN/AQS-20C comprises five distinct sonars, including synthetic aperture sonar that provides the highest possible resolution for acoustic identification. The system detects, classifies, localizes, and identifies mines on the seabed, near-bottom moored mines, volume mines, and near-surface mines. The AQS-20C towed sonar system completed development testing in February 2019 and is expected to achieve initial operational capability (IOC) in early 2020.

AN/AQS-20C Applications


Auxiliary Vessels CUSV Fighting Ships LCS 1 Flight II LCS 2 Flight II LCS Freedom

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on 15 Jan 2020
Wednesday, January 15, 2020US Navy Takes Delivery of 10h AN/AQS-20C Sonar System

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