Minehunting Sonar Integrated with Maritime C2 System

By Mike Ball / 22 Sep 2021
Minehunting sonar system
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Minehunting sonar system

SeeByte has partnered with Raytheon Technologies to integrate the AN/AQS-20C advanced minehunting sonar system with the SeeByte SeeTrack v4 multi-domain command and control system. The AN/AQS-20C is an advanced minehunting sonar system that can be deployed from USVs (unmanned surface vessels) and towed by UUVs (unmanned underwater vehicles), and has been designated as the minehunting sonar for the U.S. Navy.

The AN/AQS-20C’s combination of sidescan, forward-looking, and gap-filler sonars enables the system to detect and classify mine-like objects from the seafloor to the near surface in a single pass. Data from the platform can now be brought into SeeByte’s SeeTrack for mission analysis. The AN/AQS-20C features built-in Automated Target recognition (ATR), and identification level contacts can now be displayed in SeeTrack in near-real time.

SeeTrack’s post-mission analysis tools provide an intuitive user interface and streamlined workflow for ease of use in operational situations, and its open architecture means it can be integrated with different sonars, sensors or behaviours for specific operational needs.

Robert Johnson, Business Development Manager for SeeByte, commented: “The AN/AQS-20C provides safety and efficiency in expansive mine-sweeping operations. Combining this with SeeTrack will allow naval customers to make informed decisions from the ATR data, improving mission tempo even further.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact