LCS to get unmanned mine-sweeping boats, drones

The US Navy contracts Textron Systems to deliver Common Unmanned Surface Vessel (CUSV) for the Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UAISS) – a Mine CounterMeasure (MCM) system to be deployed by unmanned boats on the Littoral Combat Ships (LCS)

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Textron Systems has won a $33.8 million US Navy contract for the production of the Common Unmanned Surface Vessel (CUSV) to be used as the carrier platform for the Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS). The unmanned boats will be used as part of the LCS’ Mine Countermeasure (MCM) mission package. The first increment of the MCM package — designed to find and neutralize less complex but more plentiful contact mines — is slated to be tested onboard USS Independence (LCS-2) next year.

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