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AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis - (COBRA)

The mission of the AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) is to conduct unmanned aerial tactical reconnaissance in the littoral battlespace for detection and localization of minefields and obstacles in the surf zone and beach zone prior to an amphibious assault. The COBRA Airborne Payload will be carried on the MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV). This allows operators and other personnel to remain at a safe distance from the mine and obstacle belts and enemy direct and indirect fire. COBRA will be embarked in the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) as part of the Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Mission Package (MP).
COBRA began as a Marine Corps program in the 1990s as an Advanced Technology Demonstration and transitioned to an acquisition program. In 2004, the COBRA program was transferred to the Navy as the detection capability for the Assault Breaching Systems (ABS). Milestone B for the initial increment of COBRA Block I was awarded in 2005. In 2009, COBRA Block I met all criteria to proceed into Production and Development Phase (Milestone C).

The COBRA program uses incremental development to meet the overall assault mine and obstacle reconnaissance requirements. Three initial increments (blocks) of development are planned with each introducing new or enhanced capabilities. COBRA Blocks II and III are in Concept Refinement and Technology Development.

The COBRA Block I system is comprised of two Airborne Payloads, the Post Mission Analysis (PMA) Station, and the Tactical Control System (TCS) segment for the VTUAV Ground Control Station (GCS). The VTUAV GCS, utilizing the TCS software, is used to plan the flight tracks required for the COBRA mission, monitor the mission, and reprogram the flight path, if necessary.
Point Of Contact
Office of Corporate Communication (SEA 00D)
Naval Sea Systems Command
Washington, D.C. 20376
General Characteristics, AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis
Primary Function: Airborne mine detection tactical system.
Contractor: Areté Associates
Date Deployed: Program is in Low Rate Initial Production
Last Update: 16 December 2014