General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has awarded Bluefin Robotics—a designer and manufacturer of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs)—a subcontract for the engineering and manufacturing of the U.S. Navy’s “Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Underwater Vehicle” (SMCM UUV).
As a critical part of the Navy’s “Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mine Warfare” mission package, the SMCM UUV system will provide the fleet mine warfare commander and sailors with enhanced mine-hunting capability and address the Navy's need to reliably detect and identify buried mines in high-clutter environments.
The SMCM UUV system will include two Bluefin-21 UUVs in addition to launch and recovery equipment, a support container, spare parts and support equipment. The UUV will feature Bluefin’s modular and flexible vehicle architecture, pressure-tolerant field-swappable subsea batteries, and low-noise propulsion technology. In addition, the vehicle will also include an advanced sonar payload developed by the General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.