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Textron Explores Integration of Surface Warfare Tech Into Unmanned Vehicle; Wayne Prender Quoted

Textron Explores Integration of Surface Warfare Tech Into Unmanned Vehicle; Wayne Prender Quoted - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Textron Explores Integration of Surface Warfare Tech Into Unmanned Vehicle; Wayne Prender Quoted - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Textron plans to incorporate amphibious and surface warfare capabilities into a long-range unmanned vessel designed to help the U.S. Navy carry out minesweeping operations, USNI News reported Wednesday.

The company tested Northrop Grumman's AN/AQS-24 sonar and Raytheon's AN/AQS-20 system to explore the potential of integrating minehunting features into the Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Surface Vehicle.

Additionally, Textron and the military service installed a lethal surface warfare package that houses two vertical-launch Hellfire missiles, FN Herstal's Sea deFNder remote weapon station and a battle management tool into the ship.

“We are on the precipice of getting Milestone C“ acquisition decision to move into low-rate initial production, a very busy 2019 that saw us go from one craft to four craft operating at times in up to three simultaneous test locations,“ said Wayne Prender, senior vice president for applied technologies and advanced programs at Textron.

The Navy intends to build a separate USV hull that will enable the service branch and the U.S. Marine Corps to deploy new payloads.

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