Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: AN/WLD-1(V)1, Remote Minehunting System, RMMV and RMS
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Lockheed Martin
Parent System: AN/WLD-1
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2004
Total Production: 54
Total Cost: USD$1.5 billion
Description: The ship-based AN/WLD-1 Remote Minehunting System relies on a diesel-powered, remote minehunting system designed to be integrated on six US Navy's DDG 51 Flight IIA class destroyers and the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). It will operate without impacting other warfare missions being fully integrated with the AN/SQQ-89(V)15 underwater warfare system.
The AN/WLD-1 consists of an unmanned semi-submersible remote minehunting vehicle, called the Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle (RMMV), which tows a powerful variable depth sensor to detect, localize, identify and classify moored and bottom mines. It will be launched and controlled remotely by forward deployed ships, giving to carrier strike groups an over-the-horizon mine reconnaissance capability in a safer way for both crew and ship.
The AN/WLD-1 RMS (Remote Minehunting System) was developed by Lockheed-Martin to operate in littoral regions as well, aiding warships to effectively detect and avoid mine threats.
On August 28, 2004, the USS Momsen destroyer became the first US Navy's surface ship to be equipped with organic mine reconnaissance capability using an unmanned, remotely operated vehicle. Shipboard testing was scheduled to begin in early September 2004.
The US Navy plans call for deployment of the AN/WLD-1 onboard DDG 91 through DDG 96 Burke-class destroyers and the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). In late September 2006 Lockheed Martin was awarded a $34 million contract for four low-rate initial production WLD-1 Remote Minehunting Vehicles (RMVs) to be delivered before October 2008. In early 2011, the US Navy RMS program was scaled down from 108 to 54 units.
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