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September 2021

“Removing the Man from the Minefield”

Image: L-3 Klein L-3 Klein participated in real time demonstrations that validated the concept of “Removing the Man from the Minefield” making the concept a reality. At recent exercises off of the coast of Camp Pendleton, CA it was demonstrated that Klein’s MCM Side Scan Sonar could remotely be launched, operated and recovered from an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). In addition Klein remotely transmitted sonar data from the vessel to a Remote Mission Operation Station where Mine like Objects (MLO’s) were identified and tagged. Klein has proven that a COTS Side Scan Sonar can easily detect MLO’s at range and at speeds of in excess of 8 knots. We proved that we can relay the sonar data across a communications link to either a remote MCM mother ship or other remote controlled center. DATUM was communicated and passed onto a 2nd USV that was able to successfully classify and prosecute the MLO as a mine in .45 hrs. Klein is proud to validate that the US Navy’s long time goal of removing the man from the minefield has been attained using a Klein, commercially available hi-speed side scan sonar.

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