Knifefish Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Media Kit
KEEPING SAILORS OUT OF THE MINEFIELD
The U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command awarded General Dynamics Mission Systems a contract to design and build Knifefish, the Surface Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) system. Knifefish is being developed to be part of the Littoral Combat Ship Mine Warfare mission package. Knifefish is the first heavyweight class mainstream Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) that will lead to production and deployment by forward operating forces. Acting as an off-board sensor while the host ship stays outside the minefield boundaries, Knifefish will reduce risk to Navy personnel, while providing Navy commanders and sailors with enhanced mine-hunting capability to reliably detect and identify undersea mines, mines in high-clutter environments.
Tulsa (LCS 16), the eighth Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) built by Austal, successfully completed acceptance trials March 08 in the Gulf of Mexico. General Dynamics Mission Systems is the Independence-variant LCS systems integrator, responsible for the design, integration and testing of the navigation, C4I, and aviation systems.
MOBILE, Ala. - Austal celebrated the christening of Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) the future USNS Burlington (EPF 10) with a ceremony at its state-of-the-art shipbuilding facility this morning. Burlington is the tenth of 12 EPFs that Austal has under contract with the U.S. Navy with a combined value of over $1.9 billion.
The General Dynamics Mission Systems' Knifefish team successfully completed contractor trials for the U.S. Navy's Knifefish program, a mine countermeasure unmanned undersea vehicle.