Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Surface Vehicle Common Deploy and Retrieve System
Navy SBIR 2020.1 - Topic N201-061
NAVSEA - Mr. Dean Putnam - firstname.lastname@example.org
Opens: January 14, 2020 - Closes: February 12, 2020 (8:00 PM ET)
AREA(S): Ground/Sea Vehicles
PMS 406, Unmanned Maritime Systems Program Office, MCM USV
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Currently, a common deploy and retrieve system does not exist for towed
systems; existing deploy and retrieve systems are specific to the towed body.
This SBIR effort aims to develop a common, robust, maintainable, and reliable
deploy and retrieve system for Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Surface Vehicle
(MCM USV) to deploy, stream, tow, retrieve, and stow similarly sized (diameter
10.29 to 15.5) towed systems that may be towed by connection at the nose of
The Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Mission Package (MP) has a requirement to
conduct minehunting (MH), which is being executed through a capability to tow
either the AN/AQS-20C or AN/AQS-24B sonar system. However, towing of each of
the tow-bodies current requires different deploy and retrieve systems, due to
the different locations of the tow points. Because of this, the AN/AQS-20C and
AN/AQS-24B sonar systems have different tow cables; handling requirements,
hydrodynamic requirements, and interfaces. The Navy is seeking innovative
approaches to develop a common deploy and retrieve system for a variety of
towed sonar systems and platforms, including the AN/AQS-20C and AN/AQS-24B
sonar systems. These payloads will be the first two sonar systems to be
integrated into a common deploy and retrieve system for the MCM USV.
Develop a concept for a common deploy and retrieve system that will interface
with the nose and the mid body of a towed sonar, per the AN/AQS-20C and AN/AQS-24B
Interface Control Document requirements. Demonstrate the feasibility of the
concept through modeling, simulation, and analysis.
Develop a Critical Design Review (CDR) package for the common deploy and
retrieve system. Build an operational common deploy and retrieve system
prototype to be used to test functionality and validate the physical and
logical interfaces. Perform operational testing on the prototype, per
AN/AQS-20C and AN/AQS-24B System Requirements Document. Coordinate testing with
the Navy to evaluate the system in an at-sea environment. Prepare a Phase III
development plan to transition the technology to the Navy and potentially for
DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Support the Navy in transitioning the technology for
Navy use on the MCM USV program. Further refine the software and hardware to
ensure compatibility with existing interfaces and workstations for evaluation
to determine their effectiveness in an operationally relevant environment.
Support the Navy for test and validation to certify and qualify the system for
Navy use. Similar sized sonars are manually deployed from larger boats and are
used for sea exploration and other research and development purposes. This
deploy and retrieve assembly would allow for use by smaller boats and would
enable unmanned, semi-autonomous, operations.
Countermeasures Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MCM USV)." The US Navy Fact
File, 02 January 2019. https://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=2100&tid=1400&ct=2
"AN/AQS-20A Mine Hunting Sonar System." PEO LCS Fact Sheet, 26
September 2011. https://www.secnav.navy.mil/rda/Documents/AQS-20+20110826+V2.pdf
Minehunting Sonar System." The US Navy Fact File, 08 November 2013.
(Uploaded to SITIS 11/XX/2019)
USV; Detection of Ocean Mines; AN/AQS-20; Moored Mines; AN/AQS-24; Towed Array