Bluefin Robotics, a leader in the design and manufacturing of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs), is being awarded a subcontract from General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems for the engineering and manufacture of the Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (SMCM UUV). As a critical part of the 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 include an advanced sonar payload developed by the General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems Team.
The subcontract includes an option for the production of up to five low-rate initial production systems (ten UUVs) as well as other options. Work will be performed in Quincy, Massachusetts.
The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City Beach, Fla., is the contracting activity (N61331-11-C-0017) for the prime contract to General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.
SOURCE: Bluefin Robotics