ALMDSAirborne Laser Mine Detection System
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Since 2005, CPI Aero has delivered 18 ALMDS pod structural housings for the US Navy's LRIP Phases 1 through 4 and other Foreign sales.
However, several systems of the MCM mission modules are not yet in service--only three (AQS-20, AMNS, and ALMDS) are even in "low-rate initial production"--so it will be years before the LCS (in its MCM configuration) replaces the Avenger class.
LCSs, and it would employ the AQS-20A towed sonar mine countermeasures system, AES-1 ALMDS, ASQ-235 AMNS, and ALQ-220 OASIS.) Three months later, however, the deal was postponed.
The ALMDS is deployed on helicopters to allow the US Navy to detect sea mines at or near the water's surface.
ALMDS uses an aircraft-mounted LIDAR (light detection and ranging) sensor to detect floating mines and moored mines down to the keel depth of ships.
There are concerns, however, about future funding fur ALMDS. This fiscal year, Congress cut $11.4 million from the program.
The US Navy received its first production Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) from Northrop Grumman in January of this year.
Early this year, the Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS)--which is designed to locate, detect and classify floating and near-surface, moored mines--may reach the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) program stage, program officials stated.
Guiding the RAMICS system to its target is the same laser, electro-optics system used in ALMDS, called Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR).