AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Textron Systems Advanced Systems are developing CUSV (Common Unmanned Surface Vessel) automatic surface ships. In 2012, a similar vessel successfully demonstrated the ability to conduct joint mine search and neutralization operations without human intervention.
In these operations, one CUSV, using a solution support tool called MEDIC developed by SAIC, advanced into the mine hazardous area and independently deployed a L-3 Klein 5000 V2 side-scan sonar to search for mines in the proposed minefield. The search for mines was carried out at night and daytime, in difficult meteorological conditions with a high wave height. The CUSV surface vehicles were equipped with Harris SeaLancet TMRT-1944 / U communication channels, which transmitted all the information from the sonars and machine control data to the AAI Universal Command & Control Station (UCCS) coastal control station. When a mine-like object was detected and placed on the UCCS geographical display, the location information was sent to the second CUSV. Then, the second CUSV unit performed the maneuver in the mine hazardous zone. After taking up a position, he deployed a tracking system receiver and an automatic ATLAS North America SeaFoxTM vehicle for research, identification and modeling of mine neutralization.
“During the Trident Warrior 2012 exercise, the CUSV demonstrated a faster, more efficient, and most importantly, a much safer way to conduct complex anti-mine counter operations,” said Don Harrison, vice president of Textron Systems Advanced Systems. - The ability to perform the process of detecting and neutralizing mines by unmanned vessels reduces the risk and reduces the need for people in a minefield. In time, this will become a real tool that will change the rules of the game. ”