TEWKSBURY, Mass., March 19, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company
(NYSE: RTN) received a $7.7 million U.S. Navy contract for the low rate
initial production of three AN/ASQ-235 Airborne Mine Neutralization Systems
(AMNS). The contract follows a successful "Milestone C" review in which the
system's design was validated by the Navy and approved to advance to low
rate initial production.
AMNS, an essential component of the Navy's organic mine countermeasures
family of systems, is deployed by the MH-60S multi-mission helicopter to
locate and destroy underwater anti-shipping mines previously detected by
Raytheon's AN/AQS-20A mine hunting sonar system. Both AMNS and AN/AQS-20A
provide critical capabilities that make seaborne mine clearance missions
significantly more effective, efficient and safe.
"With AN/AQS-20A and AMNS, we are providing the Navy with an end-to-end
solution -- detect to neutralize -- the leading operational capability for
the organic mine warfare mission," said Raytheon Integrated Defense
Systems' Charles "Tom" Bush, vice president of Seapower Capability Systems.
"These tested and proven technologies bring outstanding capabilities to
this mission while successfully removing the sailors and the ship from the
dangers of the minefield."
AMNS consists of a helicopter-based control console, as well as a
launch and handling system (LHS) equipped with four unmanned Archerfish(TM)
neutralizer vehicles that destroy mines via remote control from the
operator in the helicopter.
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems is the prime production supplier
for the AMNS program, working closely with its international partner, BAE
Systems, Waterlooville, U.K., the producer of the Archerfish and the
system's deployment mechanism.
Under the contract, Raytheon will assemble, test and deliver three LHS
units for AMNS, as well as support equipment. Work will be performed at
Raytheon's Seapower Capability Center, Portsmouth, R.I.
Source: Raytheon's Airborne Mine Neutralization System Advances to Production
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