Navy Acquires Underwater Drone for Mine Sweeping

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navy acquires underwater drone for mine sweeping

January 22, 2020 | Originally published by Date Line: January 22 on

The U.S. Navy and the Defense Innovation Unit selected L3Harris Technologies to provide an unmanned undersea vehicle for expeditionary undersea missions, particularly mine sweeping.The Next Generation, Small-Class, Maritime Expeditionary Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (MEMUUV) program took delivery of one Iver4-900 UUV for testing. Later will come two field-swappable modular payload sections to include real aperture and synthetic aperture sonars. Additional sensors, swappable battery chemistries, and data solutions all form part of the prototype system.

The Iver4 can detect, classify, localize, and identify targets on the ocean floor and in the water column in support of Expeditionary Mine Countermeasures, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, and undersea search operations. The platform uses a series of sophisticated sensors to navigate the preprogrammed path while maintaining a constant height off the bottom, regardless of the water conditions. The Iver4 can reach a maximum depth of 300 meters.