Lockheed Martin RMMV reaches testing milestone
Lockheed Martin has announced that it has reached a critical milestone in the testing programme for the US Navy's Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle (RMMV), having recently completed 500 hours of reliability testing. The system is being developed to provide mine reconnaissance capabilities to the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).
RMMV is an unmanned, semi-submersible, semi-autonomous vehicle that tows a variable-depth sensor that can detect and identify undersea threats. The testing, completed ahead of schedule, was conducted offshore near Palm Beach, Fla., and concludes the first of three planned development and testing cycles aimed to improve system reliability and operational availability for the Remote Minehunting System (RMS).
RMS is composed of the RMMV, its launch-and-retrieval system, the RMMV-towed sonar sensor and advanced communications equipment and software. This latest test milestone marks the system’s progress towards operational use onboard the LCS.
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