Knifefish is a 19-foot-long, 1,700-pound minehunting unmanned undersea vehicle. (General Dynamics)
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A comprehensive risk-reduction program for the U.S. Navy’s Knifefish minehunting unmanned undersea vehicle has been completed by General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.
A configuration item test verified key systems, such as hardware integration and software integration, for the surface-mine countermeasures vehicle, the company said. Key payload components, such as high-fidelity sonar, propulsion and ultra-high-density data storage and recording, were also tested.
“Overcoming unique size, weight and power challenges are keystones to the successful deployment of the Navy’s Knifefish program,” said senior General Dynamics program manager Tom Mason.
Knifefish, scheduled for deployment in 2017, is designed as an off-board sensor to allow the littoral combat ship to conduct stand-off minehunting. Each Knifefish system will comprise two UUVs as well as launch-and-recovery equipment.