General Dynamics has a $44.6 million modification contract for low-rate initial production of the US Navy’s Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (SMCM UUV), also known as Knifefish.
The Knifefish program is an ongoing effort to provide a UUV that detects and classifies undersea volume, bottom and buried mines in high-clutter environments. The Knifefish system is part of the Littoral Combat Ship Mine Countermeasures Mission Package and can also be deployed from vessels of opportunity.
The low-rate initial production effort will provide the initial systems for the Navy to test and operate.
Work is expected to be completed by August 2021.