US Navy’s Knifefish UUV Program Achieves Milestone C

August 27, 2019 – The Program Executive Officer for Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC) granted Milestone C approval to the Knifefish Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Program. The decision clears the way for low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the system, PEO USC announced Aug. 23. The Navy is expected to award a LRIP contract to Knifefish prime contractor General Dynamics Mission Systems. The Knifefish system is designed for deployment from the littoral combat ship (LCS), vessels of opportunity or from shore to detect and classify buried, bottom and…

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MCM Package Completes Integration Testing of Unmanned Vehicles

January 24, 2019 – The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Module Program successfully completed shipboard integration testing of two unmanned systems on board USS Independence (LCS 2) Jan. 14. The two systems — the Knifefish unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) and Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) — are part of the Mine Countermeasures Mission Package (MCM MP), which uses a system-of-systems approach to target specific portions of the water column and segments of the MCM detect-to-engage sequence. During these integration events, both the Knifefish and UISS successfully verified the communications link…

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General Dynamics Team Successfully Completes Critical Test Phase for U.S. Navy Knifefish Unmanned Undersea Vehicle

The General Dynamics Mission Systems team successfully completed all stages of formal Sea Acceptance Testing (SAT) of Knifefish, the U.S. Navy’s Surface Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) system. The tests were conducted off the coast of Boston using Navy mine test targets and included a variety of undersea, MCM operational scenarios in multiple simulated mine fields. Following the successful SAT, the Knifefish system will begin Developmental Tests and Operational Assessment evaluations. “The successful sea acceptance tests are the result of strong collaboration and teamwork between the General Dynamics…

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