The US Navy (USN) is set to kick off a competition to acquire a new Medium Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (MUUV) designed to support both mine countermeasures and oceanographic/environmental data gathering missions.
To be deployed from both surface ships and submarines, the MUUV will be the de facto successor to the existing Razorback and Mk 18 Mod 2 Kingfish unmanned underwater vehicles, both of which are adaptations of the Kongsberg Hydroid REMUS 600 vehicle. Razorback is derived from the USN’s Littoral Battlespace Sensing Autonomous Undersea Vehicle (Submarine) (LBS-AUV(S)) effort.
According to information released by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the MUUV will be “a modular, open system, and open architecture [UUV that] will provide persistent surface launched and recovered [MCM] and submarine-based autonomous oceanographic sensing/data collection in support of Intelligence Preparation of the Operational Environment [IPOE] and MCM”.
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