The U.S. Navy awarded Textron Systems $13 million to exercise an option for an additional low rate initial production (LRIP) unit for the Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) unmanned surface vehicle (USV) program.
UISS is based on Textron’s Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle (CUSV), a multi-mission surface vehicle designed to operate as a mine countermeasure (MCM), intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platform among others.
The system is designed to operate as part of the littoral combat ship (LCS) MCM package. It consists of a mine countermeasure USV and a towed minesweeping package that can detect magnetic, acoustic and combination mines. Although being designed for the LCS the systems can operate from other vessels or be launched from the shore.
Work for today’s contract is expected to be completed by September 2022.