Nareen Melkonian
Apr 17, 2012

Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle quarter-scale model unveiled

Representatives from the US Navy's Program Executive Office, Littoral Combat Ships Unmanned Maritime Systems Program Office and General Dynamics unveiled a quarter-scale model of the Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (SMCM UUV), known as "Knifefish," at the Navy League's Sea-Air-Space Exposition being held at the Gaylord National Resort. Knifefish is a heavyweight-class, minehunting, unmanned undersea vehicle designed for deployment by forward operating forces, and will be a part of the Littoral Combat Ship Mine Countermeasures Mission Package. Without putting sailors in harm’s way, navy commanders and sailors will be able to detect and identify mines in high-clutter underwater environments, including mines that are suspended in the ocean, resting on the sea floor or buried. Additionally, the SMCM UUV will gather environmental data that can provide intelligence support for other mine warfare systems.