Initial Work Focussed on Mine Countermeasure Capabilities
In early January Textron Systems announced that it has begun on-water testing of the fourth-generation Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle (CUSV) as part of the US Navy’s Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS). Design, build and component testing was completed in November.
A multi-mission USV with a large, configurable payload bay, the CUSV has completed a number of exercises with the USN since its launch in 2009. Over 2,000 operational hours have been achieved to date and multiple payload capacity has included demonstrations of sonar, mine neutralisation, non-lethal weapons and ISR sensors.
“We are excited to begin system level testing of our first UISS system with mine countermeasure capabilities for the US Navy,” said Vice President of Control and Surface Systems Wayne Prender. “Unmanned technology has come such a long way, and we are looking forward to beginning to apply our critical technology to protect our naval warfighters.”