U.S. Navy Calls on BAE Systems to Provide Critical Mine Detection Sensor Prototype

  U.S. Navy Calls on BAE Systems to Provide Critical Mine Detection Sensor
  Prototype

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HONOLULU -- April 8, 2013

BAE Systems has been awarded a $20 million contract to develop an advanced
prototype system that detects mines and obstacles in near-shore waters for the
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. As part of the Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance
and Analysis (COBRA) program, the laser-based airborne system will provide
24-hour capability to ensure our troops’ safe transition from ship to shore.

BAE Systems is developing an advanced prototype system to detect mines and
obstacles in the near-sho ...

BAE Systems is developing an advanced prototype system to detect mines and
obstacles in the near-shore waters for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The
laser-based systems will provide 24-hour capability to ensure our fighting
forces’ safe transfer from sea to shore. (Photo: BAE Systems)

“This program will help save lives, and to us there is no better reward than
providing technology to help protect those who put themselves in harm’s way
while serving our nation,” said Reid Noguchi, general manager of BAE Systems
Spectral Solutions. “Having conducted extensive research and development in
advanced sensors, airborne prototype systems, and sophisticated real time
software, BAE Systems has worked closely with the Office of Naval Research
(ONR) to mature the technologies and capabilities to meet the Navy’s mine
countermeasures needs on an accelerated timeline.”

These technologies are being prototyped under Section 819 of the National
Defense Authorization Act, which is aimed at the development of advanced
components or prototypes, according to Brian Almquist, program officer in the
ONR Ocean Battlespace Sensing Department. “This law helps to reduce
acquisition costs and also accelerates delivery of technology to the fleet to
protect our sailors and marines from this prolific threat,” Almquist said.

BAE Systems’ prototype uses Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) technology to
determine the distance to an object or surface. LIDAR is similar to radar, but
uses laser pulses instead of radio waves and has the ability to collect images
at a high resolution through the sea surface, allowing small underwater
objects to be detected. The prototype system incorporates a fast-scanning
laser, 3D imaging camera, and target recognition algorithms to locate and
classify surface and underwater threats.

The COBRA program leverages BAE Systems’ borderless approach to harness key
resources in design, integration, and testing. The work will be performed at
the company’s facilities in Honolulu, Hawaii; Greenlawn, New York; Acton,
Massachusetts; and Hudson, New Hampshire.

BAE Systems specializes in end-to-end system development, airborne remote
sensing, and real-time target recognition capabilities for the Department of
Defense, with subject matter experts in ocean sciences, mine warfare, and
anti-submarine warfare.

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Karen Spiller, +1 603-885-2818
Mobile: +1 603-566-2090
karen.spiller@baesystems.com
www.baesystems.com
 
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