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AN/SLQ-48 Mine Neutralization System

Country of Origin: USA


The U.S. Navy's AN/SLQ-48 Mine Neutralization System (MNS) is a remotely piloted, uncrewed minehunting submersible. After decades in service, the SLQ-48 is being gradually retired.

The SLQ-48 is larger than most mine neutralization systems. It looks less like a torpedo than many other such systems. It is also unusual in that its power is supplied by the parent ship through a 3,500-ft (1,067-m) long umbilical, rather than by onboard batteries. The virtue of a permanent umbilical is...

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