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Knifefish UUV completes mine-hunting evaluation

22nd March 2017 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


General Dynamics Mission Systems and the US Navy have completed comprehensive evaluation of the Knifefish unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), the company announced on 20 March.

The evaluation was carried out off the coast of Boston using submerged navy mine test targets. The simulated mine-hunting mission demonstrated the UUV's ability to detect and classify potential mines at a variety of depths and on the sea floor, each posing a threat to naval vessels operating in a mission area.

Knifefish is a mine countermeasure UUV designed for deployment from US Navy surface vessels. The UUV will reduce risk to personnel and vessels by operating in the minefield as an off-board sensor while the host ship remains at a stand-off distance.

Knifefish will undergo additional sea testing this year to refine system performance prior to undertaking formal System Acceptance Testing with the navy.

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