General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems of Fairfax, Va., has completed
the design review for Knifefish, the surface-mine countermeasure UUV. The
General Dynamics team will now begin the development of the system hardware and
software to integrate the approved design through the fabrication of three
engineering development modules.
Knifefish is a part of the littoral combat ship mine countermeasure (MCM) mission package, which provides U.S. Navy commanders and sailors with mine-hunting capabilities.
Knifefish is the first heavyweight-class MCM UUV that will help the U.S. Navy detect and classify mines resting on the seafloor, as well as buried mines in high-clutter environments and areas with potential for mine burial.
Knifefish also gathers environmental data to provide intelligence support for other mine warfare systems.
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