Additional COBRA multispectral sensors for the MQ-8C

Navy asks Arete to build additional multispectral sensor systems for mine detection on invasion beaches – link

Source: Military & Aerospace

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  • Arete Associates are building additional multispectral unmanned aircraft sensor payloads to help unmanned helicopters detect and pinpoint enemy mines and obstacles in beach surf zones to help keep Marines safe during amphibious landings
  • Officials of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division in Panama City, Fla., announced an $18 million order Arete to build AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) Block I systems
  • Carried on the Navy’s Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter, the sensor system has limited detection capability in the surf zone. It enables operators and personnel to remain at safe distances for mine detection
  • COBRA will be deployed from the littoral combat ship and is an integral part of the ship’s mine countermeasures mission package
  • The COBRA Block I system has two airborne payloads, the post mission analysis station, and the tactical control system segment for the UAV ground control station to plan the flight tracks for the COBRA mission, monitor the mission, and reprogram the flight path if necessary
  • COBRA began as a U.S. Marine Corps advanced technology program in the 1990s. The system uses incremental development, with three initial blocks of development planned with each introducing new or enhanced capabilities. COBRA Blocks II and III are in concept refinement and technology development
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