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Textron Wins $34M for Unmanned Minesweeping

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Textron Systems Awarded $33.8 Million for the U.S. Navy's Unmanned Influence Sweep System

(Source: Textron Systems; issued Oct 22, 2014)


HUNT VALLEY, MD --- Textron Systems Unmanned Systems announced that it has received a $33.8 million contract to provide its Common Unmanned Surface Vessel (CUSV) for the U.S. Navy's Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) program.

During the 30-month engineering, manufacturing and development period, Textron Systems will design, develop and qualify the UISS system, including both the vessel and its common command-and-control software, which is designed for seamless integration into the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mission module control station.

The U.S. Navy intends to use the UISS as a mine countermeasure system, designed for influence sweeping of magnetic and acoustic mines. The CUSV is compatible with both LCS configurations, and has demonstrated performance during in-water trials.

"Over several years, we invested in the translation of our proven command-and-control architecture -- with nearly a million operational hours -- to the maritime domain," explains Senior Vice President and General Manager Bill Irby. "Our CUSV has more than 1,800 hours of in-water operation, and with the enhancements and multi-mission capabilities offered by our fourth-generation system, it will be a high-performance, reliable UISS platform for an evolving mission environment."

The company's fourth-generation CUSV incorporates design enhancements for superior stability required for UISS mission success, even in high sea states; multi-mission performance through a large, configurable payload bay; and high maintainability and reliability. The CUSV has been demonstrated with multiple payload packages including side-scan sonar, mine neutralization, nonlethal weapons, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Textron Systems' team includes its Marine & Land Systems business to leverage 48 years of naval experience and proven ship-building capability alongside its unmanned systems expertise. Also part of the team is Advanced Acoustic Concepts (AAC), a leading provider of undersea warfare solutions and provider of multiple LCS systems. AAC will execute integration of the UISS with the LCS.


Textron Systems' businesses develop and integrate products, services and support for aerospace and defense customers, as well as civil and commercial customers including those in law enforcement, security, border patrol and critical infrastructure protection around the globe.

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