Bluefin Robotics Unmanned Underwater Vehicles
Proven Autonomous Unmanned Underwater Vehicles
Our family of Bluefin Robotics products consists of autonomous unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) and related technologies for defense, commercial and scientific customers worldwide. We offer a full range of modular, free-flooded UUV platforms and products, including more than 70 different sensors on more than 100 vehicles. The blue ducted thruster may be our most recognizable feature representing our long history of proven performance.
The Redesigned Bluefin-12 UUV
The Bluefin™-12 is a lightweight medium-class unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) designed to deliver mission critical data and complete operators' high-consequence and changing missions. The Bluefin-12 is equipped with a suite of core sensors, embedded intelligent capabilities, and powerful on-board data processing designed for defense, commercial and academic underwater missions.
Unmanned Underwater Vehicles
Bluefin Operator Tool Suite
Our Operator Tool Suite is a comprehensive UUV software package that provides the interface between the UUV and the operator for all mission phases.
This Windows-based tool suite includes everything necessary to run and manage the system, including vehicle check-out and testing, mission planning, vehicle communications, mission monitoring and execution, data management, and post-mission analysis.
Bluefin Custom Solutions & Services
We offer numerous base UUV designs and batteries that can be customized for your mission and program requirements.
Engineering Services: Our engineers are experienced in investigating and offering solutions for newly identified unmanned underwater missions and applications. Our capabilities span the traditional engineering discipline and extend to prototype, design, testing and fielding.
Marine Operations Services: Our team has decades of collective experience in fielding, deploying and operating UUVs worldwide for a wide array of commercial, scientific, and defense customers.
Bluefin UUV Dives Under The Ice at U.S. Navy Exercise
During a U.S. Navy Exercise, MIT students and General Dynamics engineers deployed a modified Bluefin-21 unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) designed to carry a number of deep sea exploration sensor packages. The five-week exercise was used to research operational capabilities in the Arctic region and test the modified Bluefin-21 in extreme conditions under the ice.
During the U.S. Navy's recent biennial Ice Exercise (ICEX 2020), General Dynamics partnered with MIT to put the Bluefin-21 Macrura UUV to the test under the ice in the Arctic Circle. In the following excerpt from an article in the Naval Engineers Journal, CAPT Edward Lundquist, USN (Ret.) describes…
We talked with General Dynamics senior program manager Mike Enright about his experience with the Knifefish Surface Mine Countermeasure (SMCM) project and the future of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs).
General Dynamics Mission Systems Delivers First Knifefish Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle System
General Dynamics recently delivered the first Knifefish surface mine countermeasure unmanned underwater vehicle (SMCM UUV) system under a contract awarded by the Navy on Aug. 26, 2019. The contract calls for the procurement of five Knifefish systems (10 total UUVs) and support equipment.