Navy Completes Tests for New Mine Detection Drone System

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The U.S. Navy has completed tests for a drone-based mine detection system made to deploy from littoral combat ships, Military.com reported Thursday.

The Coastal Mine Reconnaissance system makes use of an MQ-8B Fire Scout drone and an AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlespace Reconnaissance and Analysis or COBRA sensor to detect mines and obstacles on surfaces and coastal areas.

The MINEnet Tactical web system is also employed to facilitate the CMR’s command and control functions for mine warfare.

The Navy commenced the tests from the USS Coronado, having conducted nine exercises that were evaluated based on shore-based mission-tasking, planned mission flying and data analysis performance.

The service branch also seeks to employ drones built to identify and destroy enemy mines after detection, the report noted.