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Bluefin Awarded Contract to Develop Mine and IED Neutralization Variant
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The project team will modify an autonomous underwater vehicle to locate and hover at mines/IEDs found on ship's hulls, enabling remote operators to neutralize the ordnance.
By Cecilia Galvin


Bluefin Robotics Corp. was awarded a contract by the Office of Naval Research to develop a robotic mine and improvised explosive device (IED) identification and neutralization capability for a ship’s hull, to be used in Joint Service Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

The Cambridge, Mass.-based developer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) will integrate a manipulator arm onto its two-man, portable, hovering autonomous underwater vehicle (HAUV), which is designed for ship hull inspection. This variant of HAUV, known as HAUN-N, will also be fitted with a video camera.

The current practice for hull mine/IED identification and neutralization is to…

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