Littoral Combat Ship Gets Unmanned Surface Vehicles


Released on Thursday, May 4, 2006
United States of America
LCS Freedom
SPAWAR - US Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command
USV - Unmanned Surface Vehicle
The U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR), San Diego, California, has awarded General Dynamics Robotic Systems an $8.5 million contract for two Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) for the Littoral Combat Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Mission Module. The total value of the contract, if all options are exercised, is $11.3 million. General Dynamics Robotic Systems is a part of General Dynamics Land Systems (Sterling Heights, Michigan), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.

General Dynamics will provide up to four autonomous USVs by adapting its industry-leading vehicle command and control system to the unmanned surface vehicle domain. The USV will employ towed arrays, dipping sonar sensors and acoustic sources as payloads to carry out its Anti-Submarine Warfare mission.

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