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Carried aboard Burke-class destroyers and Littoral Combat Ships of the U.S. Navy, the AN/WLD-1 Remote Minehunting System (RMS) provides a new and long-range naval mine warfare (MIW) capability. Its principal element is an unmanned undersea vehicle, which tows a variable-depth AN/AQS-20A soner array for detecting, identifying, and analyzing both bottom-mounted and moored mines; this sonar can also be carried by the MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter.

A helicopter-borne laser-based detection system also complements the sonar.It integrates with the AN/SQQ-89(V)15 undersea warfare systems aboard the Burkes.

It has over-the-horizon range and is designed to operate in littoral waters. The prime contractor is Lockheed Martin. It was first tested, in 2004, aboard the USS Momsen' (DDG-92). Initial production will go aboard DDG-91 thorough DDG-95. Unit cost is estimated at $13 million.