The General Dynamics Mission Systems team has successfully completed all stages of formal Sea Acceptance Testing (SAT) of Knifefish, the U.S. Navy’s Surface Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) system.
The tests were conducted off the coast of Boston using Navy mine test targets and included a variety of undersea, MCM operational scenarios in multiple simulated mine fields.
Following the successful SAT, the Knifefish system will begin Developmental Tests and Operational Assessment evaluations.
(Built for the U.S. Navy, Knifefish is a medium-class Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) designed for deployment off the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The Knifefish UUV provides the mine warfare commander with enhanced mine-hunting capability by detecting, classifying and identifying buried, bottom, and volume mines in high clutter environments. Courtesy of General Dynamics Mission Systems and YouTube. Posted on May 14, 2018)
“The successful sea acceptance tests are the result of strong collaboration and teamwork between the General Dynamics and U.S. Navy Knifefish team,” said Carlo Zaffanella, a vice president and general manager of General Dynamics Mission Systems.
“These tests prove the Knifefish system can detect, classify and identify undersea mines in high-clutter environments.”
(Learn More, from Carlo Zaffanella, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics Mission Systems, discusses its Bluefin Robotics family of unmanned underwater and autonomous underwater vehicles, and its Knifefish UUV, an anti-mine vehicle designed to be deployed from the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship. Courtesy of Defense & Aerospace Report and YouTube. Posted on Jan 9, 2018)
The General Dynamics Knifefish team also successfully completed initial Navy Fleet operator training as part of the transition into the next stage of testing.
The training provided the operators with an opportunity to become familiarized with the Knifefish system and become proficient at operating and maintaining the system during the upcoming Developmental Test and Operational Assessment.
Knifefish is a medium-class mine countermeasure UUV intended for deployment from the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship and other Navy vessels.
Knifefish will reduce risk to personnel by operating in the minefield as an off-board sensor while the host ship stays outside the minefield boundaries.
(The Navy’s Knifefish underwater mine hunting drone helps identify and destroy mine-hunting targets! Courtesy of Discovery Canada and YouTube. Posted on Jan 4, 2018)