General Dynamics to Develop Undersea Drone Hardware, Software; Lou Von Thaer Comments

GDlogoGeneral Dynamics‘ advanced information systems unit has reviewed the design of a U.S. Navy underwater drone for countering surface mines and will start fabricating modules for the component.

GDAIS achieved the milestone one month ahead of the Knifefish project's schedule and will now develop the software and hardware modules needed to integrate the design, GD-AIS said Monday.

In September 2011, the Naval Sea Systems Command selected GD-AIS to manufacture the unmanned undersea vehicle as part of the Littoral Combat Ship mine countermeasure mission package set to be operational by 2017.

Lou Von Thaer, president of GDAIS, said the Navy is aiming to keep pace with current technology and have a plug-and-play platform for ship systems and mission modules.

Knifefish contains an off-board sensor intended search for and classify mines on sea floors and other potential minefields, as well as collect undersea data for future mine warfare systems.

GDAIS built Knifefish to integrate in any platform using a common LCS interface.

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