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General Dynamics Completes Successful Critical Design Review for Knifefish Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle



  General Dynamics Completes Successful Critical Design Review for Knifefish
                Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle

PR Newswire

FAIRFAX, Va., April 8, 2013

FAIRFAX, Va., April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics Advanced
Information Systems has successfully completed the critical design review for
Knifefish, the surface-mine countermeasure unmanned undersea vehicle (SMCM
UUV), one month ahead of schedule. The General Dynamics team will now begin
the development of the system hardware and software to integrate the approved
design via the fabrication of three engineering development modules. Knifefish
is an essential component of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mine
countermeasure (MCM) mission package, providing U.S. Navy commanders and
sailors with enhanced mine-hunting capabilities.

Expected to attain initial operational capability in 2017, Knifefish is the
first heavyweight-class mainstream mine countermeasure (MCM) UUV that will
address the Navy's need to reliably detect and classify mines resting on the
seafloor and buried mines in high-clutter environments and areas with
potential for mine burial. Knifefish also gathers environmental data to
provide intelligence support for other mine warfare systems.

Knifefish will help greatly reduce risk to Navy personnel and ships by
operating in minefields as an off-board sensor, while the host ship stays
outside the minefield boundaries. The modular, open Knifefish has been
designed to integrate with both variants of LCS via the common LCS interface
control document.

"Knifefish is designed to be compatible with an open architecture platform,
ensuring that the Navy's mission systems will keep pace with technology and
continue to evolve to meet current and future mission requirements," said Lou
Von Thaer, president of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. "The
ease of the 'plug and play' integration with ship systems and mission modules
allows for platform flexibility and quick reconfiguration of the whole mission
package in response to the dynamic requirements the fleet will encounter day
to day."

The U.S. Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded General Dynamics
Advanced Information Systems a contract to design and build Knifefish in
September 2011. The General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems team on the
Knifefish program includes Bluefin Robotics (Quincy, Mass.), Ultra Electronic
Ocean Systems (Braintree, Mass.), Oceaneering International, Inc. (Houston,
Texas), Metron (Reston, Va.), Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State
University (State College, Pa.), 3 Phoenix (Hanover, Md.), General Dynamics
Information Technology (Fairfax, Va.) and ASRC Research Technology Solutions
(Greenbelt, Md.).

For more information about General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a
business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), please visit www.gd-ais.com.  

More information about General Dynamics is available online at
www.generaldynamics.com.

 

SOURCE General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems

Website: http://www.gd-ais.com
Website: http://www.generaldynamics.com
Contact: Media: Jennifer Montesano, General Dynamics Advanced Information
Systems, (703) 272-6010, or Investors: Erin Linnihan, General Dynamics, (703)
876- 3583
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