UNMANNED UNDERSEA SYSTEMS
VEHICLE (SMCM UUV)
BRIEFING: General Dynamics was awarded a contract in
November 2011 to develop the SMCM UUV. The system will
include two 10-foot-long, 21-inch-diameter Bluefin- 21 UUVs.
SMCM UUV, formerly known as the Battlespace Preparation
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle and developed by the Office
of Naval Research and Battelle’s Bluefin Robotics, hunts for
mines. Its side-scanning sonar can distinguish metal objects
in the water from mines. It travels a preset course at a speed
of 3 knots and can operate to a depth of 900 feet.
The Bluefin- 21 has operated at sea from Navy coastal
minehunter ships. The LCS mine warfare mission package
includes two Bluefin-21s. Production of engineering and development models began in November 2011. A risk-reduction
program was completed in August 2013. The contract includes
options for up to five low-rate production systems ( 10 UUVs).
IOC is scheduled for 2017.
CONTRACTORS: . . . . . . . . . General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems,
Battelle’s Bluefin Robotics
UNDERWATER VEHICLE (HAUV)
BRIEFING: The HAUV is being developed for the Explosive
Ordnance Disposal Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Localization
System, a security system to inspect ship hulls, piers and pilings for explosive devices and other underwater threats. The
HAUV is intended to navigate along the curve of a ship’s hull to
detect and classify targets. Bluefin was awarded a contract in
2007 to build two HAUV prototypes.
CONTRACTOR: . . . . . . . . . . Battelle’s Bluefin Robotics
SEA STALKER UUV
BRIEFING: The Sea Stalker is a large-diameter UUV — based
on the Sea Horse UUV — that can be launched from and
retrieved by the dry-deck shelter of an Ohio-class ballistic
missile submarines. Powered by a lithium battery, the UUV has
an endurance of seven to 10 days and can loiter offshore, collecting intelligence with two antenna masts, and transmit and
receive information via an Iridium satellite.
CONTRACTOR: . . . . . . . . . . Pennsylvania State University Applied Research
UNMANNED SURFACE VEHICLES
REMOTE MINEHUNTING SYSTEM (RMS)
BRIEFING: The WLD- 1 RMS is designed to detect, classify
and report the position of bottom and moored mines in deep
and shallow waters. The RMS includes an unmanned semi-
submersible 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 pat-
tern. 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 existing RMS will be
deployed with the mine countermeasures mission package on
LCSs, but further procurement has been canceled because of
unsatisfactory reliability. Launch handling and recovery test-
ing was completed on USS Independence in August 2013.
CON TRAC TOR: . . . . . . . . . . Lockheed Martin Corp.
MODULAR UNMANNED SURFACE
CRAFT, LITTORAL (MUSCL)
BRIEFING: The MUSCL is a two-man-portable unmanned surface craft designed to perform 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 VEHICLE (MHU)
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.
CON TRAC TOR: . . . . . . . . . . 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.
CON TRAC TOR: . . . . . . . . . . TBD
MINE HUNTING UNMANNED SURFACE VEHICLE