ITT to pro­vide air­borne minesweep­ing sys­tem

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

ITT Ex­elis has been awarded a con­tract val­ued at more than $10 mil­lion to pro­vide one MK 105 Mod 4 air­borne minesweep­ing sys­tem for the Naval Sur­face War­fare Cen­ter Panama City Di­vi­sion in Panama City, Florida.

The Ex­elis MK 105 Mod 4 sys­tem will pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant re­li­a­bil­ity and per­for­mance im­prove­ments, in­creas­ing the US Navy’s ca­pa­bil­ity to con­duct quick re­sponse, high­speed air­borne mine coun­ter­mea­sures mis­sions for the next decade. Minesweep­ing is a key fea­ture of the Navy and Marine Corps Anti-Ac­cess, Area De­nial strat­egy.

Since its in­tro­duc­tion to the US Navy fleet in 1972, the Ex­elis MK 105 sys­tem has been used in ev­ery ma­jor mine-clear­ance op­er­a­tion. The Navy’s MH-53E Sea Dragon he­li­copter tows the sys­tem through the wa­ter, and twin mag­netic tails, con­sist­ing of open-elec­trode mag­netic sweeps, are towed be­hind the sled, det­o­nat­ing mines to clear the wa­ter for ves­sels.

“Ex­elis mine coun­ter­mea­sure sys­tems en­able safe pas­sage of mil­i­tary and com­mer­cial ves­sels through global water­ways, ports and har­bours,” said Dave Prater, Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager of the Ex­elis radar, re­con­nais­sance and un­der­sea sys­tems busi­ness. “With our af­ford­able sweep so­lu­tions, our cus­tomers can con­tinue to stay ahead of mod­ern sea mine threats.”

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