Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: SMCM UUV
Origin: United States of America
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems
Parent System: Knifefish
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): June 2018
Total Production: ?
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Description: The US Navy Knifefish is a minehunting, heavyweight, unmanned undersea vehicle developed by General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems under the Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (SMCM UUV) program. This mine disposal vehicle is intended to serve aboard the Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) as part of the mine countermeasures mission package. The SMCM UUV vehicle will be deployed by forward operating forces protecting US Navy's surface combatants against the increasing threat posed by mines. The Knifefish was unveiled in April 2012 using a quarter-scale model with the real undersea vehicle slated to enter service with the US Navy by 2017.
The Knifefish SMCM UUV will be capable of detecting and indentify a wide array of mines in high-clutter underwater environments. The mine array includes mines suspended in the ocean, resting on the sea floor or buried. Additionally, it will gather environmental data that can provide intelligence support for other mine warfare systems.
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