General Dynamics to beging Knifefish UUV productionNews
August 27, 2019
FALLS CHURCH, Va. The Department of Defense (DoD) announced that General Dynamics Mission Systems won a $44.6 million contract to begin production of the U.S. Navy's Knifefish Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV).
The Knifefish system is part of the Littoral Combat Ship Mine Countermeasures Mission Package and can also be deployed from vessels of opportunity. It is an ongoing effort to provide a UUV that detects and classifies undersea volume, bottom and buried mines in high-clutter environments.
The low-rate initial production effort will provide the initial systems for the Navy to test and operate. Work will be performed in Quincy, Massachusetts (35%); Taunton, Massachusetts (23%); Braintree, Massachusetts (19%); a location to be determined (15%); McLeansville, North Carolina (6%); Reston, Virginia (1%); and Ann Arbor, Michigan (1%), and is expected to be completed by August 2021. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity, according to the DoD.