Raytheon was awarded an $83,312,265 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the design, test and deployment of the Barracuda Airborne Mine Neutralization System (AMNS). The Barracuda mine neutralization system is an expendable, autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle intended to identify and neutralize bottom, near surface and drifting sea mines. It will field a shallow water capability and be an expendable modular neutralizer consisting of a kill mechanism, propulsion, sensors, and communications buoy that enables wireless communication to the deployment platform. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $362,740,742. Work is expected to be completed by November 2022.
The Barracuda is designed to neutralize near surface, drifting, and in volume mines, and is advertised as being capable of being launched from a MH-60R sonobuoy launcher, but it will also be possible to launch it from the LCS or a shore location. This system has similar attributes to the AN/AQS235 Archerfish. Funding was terminated on 10 Jun 2016, but has been reintroduced now.
The AMNS Barracuda is under development to replace the AN/AQS235 AMNS Archerfish. The Barracuda is designed to neutralize near surface, drifting, and in volume mines. The Barracuda AMNS is being advertised as being capable of being launched from a MH-60R sonobuoy launcher, but it is assumed it will also be possible to launch it from the LCS or a shore location.