As the U.S. Navy starts to demand even more access in tougher undersea environments, contractors are honing sonar technology they say will give the service the same speed and fidelity for minehunting that it now enjoys for antisubmarine (ASW) operations. “We are compressing the timeline,” says Joe Monti, Raytheon’s Airborne Low-Frequency Sonar (ALFS) program director. The effort is to make countermine warfare missions similar to “highly integrated, quick-action ASW” operations, he says. ...

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