Part II - Undersea Warfare Systems Briefing Paper




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Mine hunting gained international attention during the Persian Gulf War in 1991. Many nations found themselves ill-prepared to deal with the threat. The US Navy, in particular, was not prepared to deal with the extensive number of mines used by Iraq, especially in the Gulf's shallow water. Thanks in part to the Persian Gulf War, mine countermeasures have received renewed respect, in terms of both funding and development. The war on terrorism is likely to result in an increased need for inshore territorial defence. If a terrorist mining campaign does become reality, the clearance of navigation channels will become a crucial naval task and an extremely high growth area for defence contractors.

This Part II of this two part briefing paper. Part I may be found here.

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