Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force awards contract to SAIC

  • 13-Nov-2012 01:04 EST

The MCH-101 helicopter for airborne mine countermeasures systems will include the AN/AQS-24A mine hunting side scan sonar, the AN/AES-1 airborne laser mine detection system, and the MK-104 acoustic minesweeping system.

Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) has been awarded a contract to provide the Mine Warfare and Environmental Decision Aids Library (MEDAL) tactical decision aid in support of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) MCH-101 helicopter. In addition to providing the MEDAL software system, SAIC will be assisting with engineering and training services as MEDAL is integrated within the broader MCH-101 ground support system, being developed by NEC Corp., the prime contractor in Japan. The JMSDF is expanding the capabilities of its MCH-101 aircraft to include airborne mine countermeasures (AMCM) capabilities. MEDAL will be used in the mission planning, evaluation, and command and control of AMCM missions. In addition to supporting planning and evaluation of the MCH-101 AMCM systems, the JMSDF MEDAL system will provide capability for an increased level of interoperability with the U.S. Navy. The JMSDF MEDAL is fully compatible with the U.S. Navy MEDAL system.

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