USN Tests SMAMD System on MQ-8C Written 11 July 2022


An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). | Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Kelly Schindler; Wikipedia; Public Domain

Seapower Magazine reported that the US Navy recently had a successful demonstration of an MQ-8C Fire Scout UAS carrying the “Single-system Multi-mission Airborne Mine Detection (SMAMD) System.” The tests included “drifting, tethered and moored mines throughout beach zone to deep waters,” both night and day, in various water depths, and during various weather conditions. The SMAMD System, developed by BAE Systems for the Office of Naval Research, can perform detections in a single pass, with “low false alarm rate,” and sends “real-time detection sent via data link” which enables rapid response.
Full Story (Seapower Magazine)