In the United States will create self-propelled anti-submarine mine torpedoes under the Hammerhead program. By 2021, the U.S. Army should have the first 30 prototypes of such mines. About this writes Breaking Defense.
Full-fledged deliveries of mine torpedoes for armament will begin in 2023, according to US Army documents. An invitation to participate in the Hammerhead program was received by 16 development companies of various types of weapons.
Details of possible contracts have not yet been disclosed.
Now the U.S. Navy is armed with Mk.60 CAPTOR naval mines, which are delivered to the target by ships, planes or helicopters. After such a device enters the water, the anchor is separated from the mine, to which it is attached with a cable. Ammunition can detect the noise of submarines and explode if an enemy is detected.
A new type of mines will independently get to their place of deployment. In fact, developers need to assemble an unmanned combat device with an active and passive acoustic guidance system.