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2018-04-01

AQS-24B Minehunter provides enhanced capabilities

The AQS-24B, the deployed and operationally proven, high-speed mine hunting system in the world, with operational speeds of up to 18 knots, was exhibited at the 2018 Undersea Defence & Security Conference in Portsmouth, UK, from March 20 to 22. It uses a high-resolution, side scan sonar for real time detection, localisation and classification of mines at high coverage rates and a laser line scanner to provide precision optical identification. The AQS series minehunter is used both domestically and abroad and has logged thousands of hours of operation.
 
The AQS-24B completed fleet introduction as an upgrade to the already operational AQS-24A in the spring of 2017. The upgrade added a state-of-the-art High Speed Synthetic Aperture Sonar capability, developed and built by Northrop Grumman, which significantly increased the system’s sonar resolution for mine detection, localisation and classification.
 
The AQS-24B is operated from both the MH-53E heavy lift helicopters from Helicopter Mine countermeasures Squadron 15 (HM-15) and from the Mine Hunting Unmanned Surface Vessels (MHU) in the Arabian Gulf.  The AQS-24B has successfully completed three operational exercises, including two in the Arabian Gulf by HM-15 and a third exercise in South Korea, where the system is operated by the Helicopter Mine countermeasures Squadron 14 (HM-14).

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