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Bluefin Robotics Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

Unmanned and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles For Defense, Commercial and Scientific Applications

General Dynamics Mission Systems' Bluefin Robotics product line consists of Unmanned and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and other related technologies for defense, commercial, and scientific customers worldwide. Our blue ducted thruster may be the most recognizable feature on our AUVs, and it represents a long history of proven performance in underwater applications, including:

  • Inshore & Offshore Surveys
  • Search & Salvage Operations
  • Scientific Research & Exploration
  • Ship Hull & Infrastructure Inspection
  • Port & Harbor Security
  • Mine Countermeasures (MCM), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) & Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Missions

We offer a full range of modular, free-flooded AUV platforms and products, including more than 70 different sensors on over 100 AUVs.

Bluefin SandShark™

The Bluefin SandShark, a small, low-cost AUV is designed to leverage today’s miniaturized sensors and also be the development platform for the next generation AUVs. Small enough to fit in a backpack, this 4.8 inch diameter AUV dives to 600 feet and multiple vehicles can work in parallel for large area, underwater missions.


The Bluefin-21 is a highly modular autonomous underwater vehicle able to carry multiple sensors and payloads at once. This 21 inch diameter AUV boasts a high energy capacity that enables extended operations even at the greatest depths. The Bluefin-21 is able to launch and deploy multiple payloads such as the Bluefin SandShark and unmanned aerial vehicles.

1.5 kWh Subsea Battery

The Bluefin 1.5 kWh Subsea Battery is a pressure-tolerant lithium-polymer battery that provides a reliable, high-energy density power solution for underwater systems. Leveraging over two decades of battery development and with hundreds of units in the field, the directly submersible 1.5 kWh Subsea Battery has demonstrated utility across a variety of underwater applications.

Hovering Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (HAUV)

HAUV is a two-man-portable hovering AUV designed for ship hull inspection. Equipped with a high-resolution imaging sonar, it surveys ship hulls, pier side infrastructure and high resolution sea-floor surveys with minimal prior knowledge.

Custom Solutions & Services

We offer numerous base AUV designs and batteries that can be easily customized to specific mission and program requirements through combination of modular elements. We also offer expert engineering and marine operation services when your project could use an extra mind or hand. For more information, please contact us.

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