Air Platforms

General Dynamics demos ability to launch UAV from UUV

23 August 2017

General Dynamics demonstrated the ability to launch an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) during the US Navy’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) 2017.

The company also displayed a prototype capability for deploying unmanned vehicles from a submarine and demonstrated the ability to establish communications between a submarine combat system and unmanned systems.

The operational scenario undertaken demonstrated battlespace preparation in a contested environment, Matt Graziano, business segment director for autonomous undersea systems at General Dynamics Mission Systems, told Jane’s .

The exercise saw the company’s Bluefin-21 UUV carry in its payload bay the smaller Bluefin SandShark UUV and a canister, which housed an AeroVironment Blackwing UAV.

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