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Navy Launches Final Development of Bluefin 21 UUV

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Bluefin 21 BPAUV The Program Executive Office, Littoral and Mine Warfare’s (PEO LMW) Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUV) Program Office has begun development of the new Battlespace Preparation Autonomous Undersea Vehicle (BPAUV), under a $9.2 million contract awarded Sept. 9 to Bluefin Robotics Corp. of Cambridge, MA. DID has covered a number of developments related to the USA’s new anti-submarine doctrine, designed to counter the threat of ultra-quiet diesel submarines in shallow littoral waters. Battlespace preparation is an important component, and this award also relates to the USA’s overall littoral warfare capability and the ongoing design of the mission package complements for the USA’s new Littoral Combat Ship. LCS with H-60S(click to view full) Launched from a surface vessel’s crane or ramp, the Bluefin 21 BPAUV is designed to travel on a preset mission plan, following waypoints while recording bottom maps and other oceanographic data. After the vehicle is recovered, its data is transferred via the LCS command and control system to the post-mission analysis software. Contact information and environmental data are then uploaded to the Mine Warfare and Environmental Decision Aids Library (MEDAL). The Bluefin 21 BPAUV’s batteries power the vehicle for 18 hours at 3 knots, covering 150 meter […]

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