Bluefin delivers Knifefish UUV variant to Navy for testing

Bluefin Robotics has built a variation of the Knifefish unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) that will be tested for service in the Navy's Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Underwater Vehicle program, the company said Jan. 24.

The Knifefish is a specialized Bluefin-21 UUV that the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) will assess for its ability to meet program needs.

Cambridge, Mass.-based Bluefin wrapped up a preliminary design review earlier this month, and it leveraged that design to deliver a system to the Navy. The vehicle will be used to advance the NRL's low-frequency broadband payload technology to support the laboratory's broader mission to advance basic and applied research in undersea warfare.

The Knifefish will be equipped with two-way iridium communications, specialized sensors, and empty sections that will accommodate an acoustic payload. Planned components of the acoustic payload are a towed receiver array, and a reacquisition capability.

In addition, Bluefin also will deliver topside support equipment and graphical-user interface software tools. 

Bluefin Robotics, a subsidiary of Battelle, is under subcontract to General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems on the project.


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