The US Department of Defense said on Wednesday that Raytheon Missiles and Defense had received a $ 16,7 million amendment to the previously awarded contract for the purchase of the production of the Airborne Mine Neutralization System.
The contract modification from the Naval C Systems command includes additional contract options, if used, the cumulative value of this action will be $ 68,550,513.
Work will be carried out in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and is expected to be completed by March 2024.
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It also said that if all the options are exercised, the work will continue till March 2027.
Raytheon says the Airborne Mine Neutralization System, or AMNS, the US Navy’s standard for airborne mine clearance, is designed to counter this threat.
AMNS neutralizes marsh and low-lying mines during operations from sea and land based MH-60S helicopters. Using helicopters as a central platform has made mine evacuation safer.
Mines are first identified by the AN/AQS-20A sonar system or other mine countermeasure assets. The AMNS then identifies the location of the mines and deactivates the target.