The US Navy’s Surface Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) system called Knifefish has successfully completed all stages of formal Sea Acceptance Testing (SAT).
The tests were conducted off the coast of Boston on June 4 using Navy mine test targets and included a variety of undersea, MCM operational scenarios in multiple simulated mine fields by General Dynamics Mission Systems team. Following the successful SAT, the Knifefish system will begin Developmental Tests and Operational Assessment evaluations, USNI News reported
“The successful sea acceptance tests are the result of strong collaboration and teamwork between the General Dynamics and U.S. Navy Knifefish team,” said Carlo Zaffanella, a vice president and general manager of General Dynamics Mission Systems. “These tests prove the Knifefish system can detect, classify and identify undersea mines in high-clutter environments.”
The General Dynamics Knifefish team also successfully completed initial Navy Fleet operator training as part of the transition into the next stage of testing. The training provided the operators with an opportunity to become familiarized with the Knifefish system and become proficient at operating and maintaining the system during the upcoming Developmental Test and Operational Assessment.
Knifefish is a medium-class MCM UUV intended for deployment from the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship and other Navy vessels. Knifefish will reduce risk to personnel by operating in the minefield as an off-board sensor while the host ship stays outside the minefield boundaries.
General Dynamics Mission Systems is the prime contractor for the Knifefish program. The company designed the tactical UUV using an open architecture concept that can be quickly and efficiently modified to accommodate a wide range of missions. The Knifefish UUV is based on the General Dynamics Bluefin Robotics Bluefin-21 deep-water Autonomous Undersea Vehicle.
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The General Dynamics Mission Systems has completed an evaluation of Knifefish, an autonomous surface mine countermeasure (SMCM) unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV). In coordination with the US Navy, the test events took place off the coast of Boston using submerged Navy mine test targets, the company announced Monday
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