Video Analysis: Helicopter Laser Scans, Attacks Sea Mines
Warrior Maven Video Above: Helicopter-Fired Lasers Destroy Mines
By Kris Osborn - Warrior Maven
The US Navy used an MH-60S helicopter-mounted laser system to scan and detect underwater mine-like targets earlier this year during the multi-national Rim of the Pacific exercise, marking the first operational use of an emerging technology bringing much faster detection and a wider Field of View to countermine missions.
The now-operational technology, called Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS), enables efficient, high-speed shallow water mine detection for the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship.
“This is the first opportunity for a non-test-centric fleet exercise. It has been placed in sailors’ hands and we are looking forward to getting training feedback and tactics feedback. This is the first real operational exercise,” Capt. Danielle George, Program Manager, Mine Warfare, told Warrior Maven in an interview earlier this year.
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