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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2009
Total Production: 4
Also Known As: Fleet and Unmanned Surface Vehicle
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Alion Science and Technology, Chesapeake Sciences Corporation, General Dynamics Robotic Systems*, International Logistics Systems, Navatek and Signal Systems Corporation   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: USV
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2009
Total Production: 4
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Description: The Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) is intended for long endurance anti-submarine warfare (ASW), surveillance and reconnaissance missions employing towed arrays, dipping sonar sensors and acoustic sources as payloads. The unmanned vessel will be equipped with an autonomous navigation system and will operate for 24 hours or more. The USV program was launched in October 2006 through a US Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center contract award to General Dynamics Robotic Systems (GDRS), a General Dynamics subsidiary. The contract was valued at roughly $13 million and called for the construction and delivery of four USVs in support of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) as part of its ASW mission module.

In addition to GDRS, the USV will be developed by Navatek (Honolulu, Hawaii), Alion Science and Technology (Boulder, Colorado), Signal Systems Corporation (Severna Park, Maryland), International Logistics Systems (Glen Rock, Pennsylvania), and Chesapeake Sciences Corporation (Millersville, Maryland). The first USV vehicle was delivered to the US Navy in May 2008 to undergo operational evaluation. The 11-meter vehicle is also called Fleet and will operate from the LCS using a common launch and recovery system (CLRS). The Fleet-class vehicles feature sensor-based situation awareness; dynamic route planning; harbor and sea navigation, docking, evasive maneuvers; dynamic reconfiguration and management of systems and resources.

USV Applications

Fighting Ships LCS Independence

USV Specifications

Crew: 0
Beam: 11.2 foot (3.41 meter)
Length: 11 meter (36.1 foot)
Top Speed: 35 knot (65 kph)
Mission Endurance: 24 hour (1 day)
Payload: 5,000 pound (2,268 kilogram)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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USV News

There are 4 news between
19 Oct 2006 and 23 Sep 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008US Navy Rolls Out Littoral Combat Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Mission Package
Monday, July 21, 2008General Dynamics Robotic Systems Awarded Navy LCS Automation Contract
Monday, May 19, 2008General Dynamics Delivers First Unmanned Surface Vehicle to US Navy
Thursday, October 19, 2006US Navy Orders Unmanned Surface Vehicles for the Littoral Combat Ship

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