CBRNE & EOD Defence

USN sets out plan for new mine neutraliser for MCM USV deployment

25 April 2017

Key Points

  • Barracuda has been conceived as a low-cost expendable neutraliser conforming to the form factor of an A-size sonobuoy
  • A final RFP is expected in late FY 2017

The US Navy (USN) has outlined plans for the acquisition of a new mine neutralisation system to form part of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Mission Package (MP) ahead of the release of a formal request for proposals (RFP) later this year.

The system, to be known as Barracuda, will initially be deployed from the MCM Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MCM USV). Textron Systems' Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle (CUSV) has been selected to meet the MCM USV requirement.

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