US Navy Selects UUV for Expeditionary Mine Countermeasures

By Mike Ball / 16 Jan 2020
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L3Harris Iver4 UUV

L3Harris Technologies has announced that its Iver4 unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) has been selected by the U.S. Navy for expeditionary undersea missions under the Next Generation Small-Class Maritime Expeditionary Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (MEMUUV) program. An Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) was awarded to L3Harris by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), which accelerates commercial technology to provide solutions for national security issues.

The award comprises the delivery of a modified Iver4 900 PW UUV and two field-swappable modular payload sections, which are capable of fielding real aperture and synthetic aperture sonars. L3Harris will also provide additional sensors, swappable battery chemistries, and data solutions, as well as testing services.

The UUV will be used by the Navy to detect, classify, localize, and identify targets on the ocean floor and in the water column in support of Expeditionary Mine Countermeasures (ExMCM), Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), and undersea search operations. The Iver4 features a durable titanium and carbon fiber construction, and is capable of long-endurance missions at depths of up to 300m.

Daryl Slocum, Vice President and General Manager, Unmanned Maritime Systems, L3Harris commented: “The Iver4 is the culmination of many years of UUV development, customer feedback and application knowledge for military applications. This platform has been custom-built to address the needs of the ExMCM and EOD communities. With its flexible payload, transportable package, extended endurance and high-performance accuracy, the Iver4 is leading the next generation of small class UUVs. We are honored to receive DIU’s award and look forward to bringing the Iver4 to the warfighter.”

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