UNMANNED SURFACE VEHICLES
vehicle — the Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle (RMMV) — to provide organic minehunting capability. The RMMV is a snorkeled,
diesel-powered craft launched from a mother ship and dispatched
along a programmed search pattern. The sensors onboard the
RMS include a forward-looking sonar, side-scanning sonar and a
variable-depth towed AQS-20A sonar. Contacts of interest are
transmitted to the mother ship from the RMMV’s radio mast. The
RMS will be deployed with the mine countermeasures mission
package on LCSs. Launch handling and recovery testing was
completed on USS Independence in August 2013.
CONTRACTOR: ...........Lockheed Martin Corp.
MODULAR UNMANNED SURFACE
CRAFT, LITTORAL (MUSCL)
BRIEFING: The MUSCL is a two-man-portable unmanned surface craft designed to perform repetitive, tedious ISR tasks for
riverine forces. The MUSCL will monitor suspicious vessels,
personnel, and activities along shorelines, waterways, bridges
and piers. The first three MUSCLs were delivered Nov. 1, 2011,
to Riverine Group One.
DEVELOPER: ...............PEO Littoral Combat Ships
MINE HUNTING UNMANNED SURFACE
BRIEFING: The MHU is an unmanned 11-meter RHIB
equipped with a winch to deploy the AQS-24A mine-detection
sonar body. The MHU is dispatched on preplanned mission
search tracks, deploying and recovering the AQS-24A. Sensor
data is transmitted via data link to a control station on ship or
shore. Two MHUs have been deployed to the Persian Gulf.
CONTRACTOR: ...........Northrop Grumman Corp.
UNMANNED INFLUENCE SWEEP
BRIEFING: The UISS is a stand-off, semi-autonomous system
designed with the capability to counter acoustic and/or magnetic mines. It is towed by a USV and is to be deployed in the mine
countermeasures package for LCSs. Two prototypes are being
tested at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City, Fla.
The engineering development models are being competitively
bid. IOC is planned for 2016.
CONTRAC TOR: ........... TBD