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01:57 PM, October 22, 2014
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Textron Systems Unmanned Systems announced today that it has received a $33.8 million contract to provide its Common Unmanned Surface Vessel (CUSV™) for the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) program.

During the 30-month engineering, manufacturing and development period, Textron Systems will design, develop and qualify the UISS system, including both the vessel and its common command-and-control software, which is designed for seamless integration into the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mission module control station.

The U.S. Navy intends to use the UISS as a mine countermeasure system, designed for influence sweeping of magnetic and acoustic mines. The CUSV is compatible with both LCS configurations, and has demonstrated performance during in-water trials. 

“Over several years, we invested in the translation of our proven command-and-control architecture — with nearly a million operational hours — to the maritime domain,” explains Senior Vice President and General Manager Bill Irby. “Our CUSV has more than 1,800 hours of in-water operation, and with the enhancements and multi-mission capabilities offered by our fourth-generation system, it will be a high-performance, reliable UISS platform for an evolving mission environment.”

The company’s fourth-generation CUSV incorporates design enhancements for superior stability required for UISS mission success, even in high sea states; multi-mission performance through a large, configurable payload bay; and high maintainability and reliability. The CUSV has been demonstrated with multiple payload packages including side-scan sonar, mine neutralization, nonlethal weapons, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

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