BAE Systems announced it has been awarded a £15.5 million contract by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to manufacture and deliver Archerfish mine neutralisers, continuing its support to the minesweeping operation of the U.S. Navy (USN). Archerfish is a remotely-controlled underwater vehicle equipped with an explosive warhead to destroy sea mines.
Archerfish form part of the USN’s Airborne Mine Neutralization System (AMNS) programme since 2007. In addition to Archerfish mine neutralisers, the contract also includes the supply of fibre-optic spools.
The fibre-optic spools provide a communications link between the Archerfish mine neutraliser and the launch platform, an MH-60S Seahawk naval helicopter deployed from the Littoral Combat Ship of the USN.
Deliveries will begin in September 2017. The contract also includes further options which, if exercised by the U.S. DoD, could bring the total value to over £39 million.