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General Dynamics Showcases Bluefin Autonomous Underwater Vehicle; Matt Graziano Comments

General Dynamics Showcases Bluefin Autonomous Underwater Vehicle; Matt Graziano Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event

h-auvGeneral Dynamics has demonstrated a hovering-autonomous underwater vehicle the company’s Bluefin Robotics subsidiary developed to detect threats to a ship's hull and structure.

General Dynamics said Thursday it showcased the H-AUV platform that incorporates acoustic sonar and high-resolution imaging technology during the OCEANS 2016 exposition in Monterey, California.

The vehicle is designed to determine a hull’s condition, locate structural issues and identify potential threats to various ships such as cargo vessels, petroleum and chemical tankers, cruise ships and military surface and sub-surface vessels.

“Inspecting ship hulls and other underwater surfaces can be a manpower- and cost-intensive part of a ship’s observation and maintenance,” said Matt Graziano, director of autonomous undersea systems at General Dynamics’ mission systems business.

Graziano added the H-AUV seeks to minimize the risk to divers when they inspect potential threats.

Bluefin Robotics built the vehicle to stream and store high-resolution images to help shipboard or shore-based operators conduct inspections.

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