Navy receives first two AQS-24C mine hunting systems

ANNAPOLIS, Md. Northrop Grumman officials delivered the first two AQS-24C mine hunting systems to the U.S. Navy.

The newly developed AQS-24C systems recently completed shipboard contractor testing and government helicopter testing on the MH-53E platform. Achieving this development milestone has resulted in the start of production to meet the fleet generated requirement for increased mine hunting capability.

The AQS-24C upgrade adds an in-stride volume search capability to the AQS-24B. Northrop Grumman is concurrently executing a separate contract for integration of the AQS-24 onto the U.S. Navy’s mine hunting unit unmanned surface vehicle (MHU USV), which will be evaluated for operational use from U.S. Navy surface platforms.

The AQS-24C builds on the AQS-24B that was introduced to the fleet in 2017, which has continued to excel in naval operations from both the MH-53E helicopter and the mine hunting unit unmanned surface vehicle (MHU USV) platforms.