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Long Term Mine Reconnaissance System [LMRS]

The Long Term Mine Reconnaissance System [LMRS] is a clandestine mine reconnaissance system that employs UUVs that are capable of launch and recovery from SSN 688 and NSSN class submarines. The LMRS will provide an early, rapid, accurate means of surveying potential mine fields in support of proposed amphibious operations, other battle group operations, and for safe ship transit around mined waters.

The US Navy's Unmanned Undersea Vehicle program office recently announced the selection of a team headed by Boeing Inc. to proceed with detailed design of the Long-Term Mine Reconnaissance System (LMRS). Sonatech, Inc., of Santa Barbara, California, will be providing all of the acoustic subsystems for this portion of the LMRS program, which includes the advanced forward-looking and side-looking mine detection and classification sonars as well as the homing/docking and acoustic telemetry sonars The LMRS is a sophisticated autonomous unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) system that will operate clandestinely from a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine and will be launched and recovered through the submarine's torpedo tubes. The LMRS consists of a self-propelled 21-inch diameter autonomous UUV equipped with mine search and classification sonars for locating mine-like objects in a naval operational area of interest.

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