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Navy pursues advanced drone ship mine-hunting tech
BY KATHERINE OWENSMAR 07, 2017
The Navy is continuing to move forward with development of the Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) countermine technologies as part of its overall effort to create a fleet of unmanned vehicles capable of enhanced coordination while performing a wider range of technical operations...
The UISS is made of a minesweeping unit and the Textron Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle (CUSV) that tows it. As Defense Systems previously reported, the UISS locates and detonates sub-sea mines through emitting sounds and magnetic signatures that replicate those of a ship in order to set off mines programmed to detect passing ships... Textron reports that the CUSV is capable of traveling for up to 20 hours with a 4,000-pound load at speeds up to 20 knots per hour... In addition, according to the U.S. Naval Institute, the CUSV is being designed so that it can be easily transitioned between roles as a minesweeper, and a mine hunting and detonating support craft, with the ability to tow side-scan sonar, mine neutralization equipment, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance technology (ISR), and nonlethal weapons.
“Unlike purely remote controlled boats, these [USVs] are able to perceive their environment and plan their routes without human intervention,” Robert Brizzola, program manager, Sea Platforms and Weapons, ONR, said