US Navy issues UUV contract modifications
The US Navy has awarded two Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) contracts.
General Dynamics Missions Systems was awarded a contract modification for engineering services in support of ongoing development, test, and production of the Surface Mine Countermeasure UUV programme, also known as Knifefish.
The Knifefish programme is an ongoing effort to provide a UUV that will provide persistent mine hunting ability in a contested environment.
Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems also received a contract modification for engineering support services in support of UUV subsystem development.
Engineering services will be used to develop and study UUV subsystems and concepts initially developed under the Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV) programme, including navigational capabilities, autonomy and payload deployment.
Work on both contracts will run through to mid-2020.
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