Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract by KAI to supply ALMDS (Airborne Laser Mine Detection System) to the Republic of Korea.
Press Release, Melbourne FL, 16 October 2023: Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract by Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd. (KAI) to provide Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) solutions and technical support for the Engineering, Manufacturing and Design (EMD) phase of the Republic of Korea’s Korean Mine Countermeasures Helicopter (KMCH) programme. The EMD phase is expected to be completed in 2027.
“Our strategic partnership with KAI to bring ALMDS technology to the KMCH programme builds on our decades of commitment to deliver advanced solutions that support the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of National Defense,” said Janice Zilch, vice president, multi-domain command and control (MDC2) programmes, Northrop Grumman.
“The mission of ALMDS is to detect, classify and localise floating and near-surface moored mines rapidly. KAI is convinced that the ALMDS integration will make a significant improvement to the Republic of Korea’s Navy mine detection capabilities. The programme will also enhance our strategic partnership with Northrop Grumman in the defence domain,” said Chang-heon Han, executive vice president, rotary wing division, Korea Aerospace Industries.
ALMDS is capable of untethered day or night operations, which allow it to attain high area search rates. ALMDS also provides accurate target geo-location to support follow-on neutralisation of the detected mines.