New Phase of Ghost Fleet Overlord Unmanned Surface Vessel Testing Begins

October 1, 2019 – The second phase of the Ghost Fleet Overlord program commenced with the award of contract modifications to the two industry teams who participated in Phase I, the Program Executive Office Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC) announced Oct. 1. The Overlord program, developed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense Strategic Capabilities Office (OSD SCO) in partnership with PEO USC, will play a vital role in informing the Navy’s new classes of unmanned surface vessels (USVs). Phase I converted two existing commercial fast supply vessels…

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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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USNS Spearhead Supports Fleet Experimentation

July 29, 2019 – USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) recently completed a two-day underway. Spearhead sailed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Key West, Fla., to conduct fleet experiments with multiple unmanned aerial and undersea systems, to include the V-BAT vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UA), Scan Eagle UAV and Knifefish unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV). Spearhead also tested the assured position, navigation and timing (PNT) system. Dr. Christopher Heagney, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet science advisor coordinated the fleet experimentation for the underway period.…

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