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…

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NUWC Division, Keyport and UUVRON-1 Partner on Micro UUV

June 6, 2019 – The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Keyport and Undersea Unmanned Vehicle Squadron One (UUVRON-1) partnered to complete initial sea tests for a pair of prototype unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) that offer a multifunctional platform capable of performing a variety of missions for the Navy. The innovative “micro UUV” can be configured with a broad spectrum…

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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…

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Alion Awarded $37M Task Order to Provide Engineering and Technical Services

October 23, 2018 – The Department of Navy, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, RI, has awarded Alion Science and Technology, headquartered in McLean, Va., a sixty-month, $37M (if all options are exercised) task order under the SeaPort-e contract to support the Autonomous Maritime Systems Test Center (AMSTC) and Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUVs). “Alion is thrilled to be part of the Navy’s…

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L3 Strengthens Unmanned Maritime Capabilities With Acquisition of ASV Global

September 24, 2018 – L3 Technologies announced today that it acquired ASV Global, LLC, a leading unmanned surface vessel (USV) and autonomous vessel control systems company on September 20. This acquisition strategically enhances L3’s full spectrum of unmanned maritime capabilities, including integrated anti-submarine warfare (ASW) solutions, future surface combatant unmanned off-board sensors, and integrated unmanned surface and undersea vessel (USV/UUV) operations.…

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Russian Poseidon underwater drone capable of carrying 2 megatonne nuclear warhead

May 17, 2018 (TASS) – Russia’s Poseidon underwater drone currently under development will be able to carry a nuclear warhead with a capacity of up to 2 megatonnes to destroy enemy naval bases, a source in the Russian defense sector told TASS on Thursday. “It will be possible to mount various nuclear charges on the ‘torpedo’ of the Poseidon multipurpose…

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US Navy Deploys Unmanned Submersibles in Argentine Submarine Search

The U.S. Navy has deployed unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) to join in the search for the Argentine navy’s submarine, A.R.A. San Juan, in South Atlantic waters. The equipment consists of one Bluefin 12D (Deep) UUV and three Iver 580 UUVs, which are operated by the U.S. Navy’s recently-established Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Squadron 1, based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The UUVs…

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