GENERAL DYNAMICS - ANTI SUBMARINE WARFARE
UNMANNED SURFACE VESSELS 2013
Leveraging all the lessons learned in 20 years of autonomous land and air vehicle development, GDRS is developing the maritime-specific sensors and robust endurance surveillance capabilities to support near-term and long-range maritime autonomy for military and homeland security objectives.
HISTORY OCTOBER 2006
General Dynamics Robotic Systems were awarded a $13 million USV Contract
by the US Navy.
As the prime contractor General Dynamics will provide the Navy with an 11-meter USV that is capable of long endurance missions while being highly efficient. General Dynamics will use its experience and expertise in design, development and integration to provide the command and control and systems integration.
The USV will employ towed arrays, dipping sonar sensors and acoustic sources as payloads to carry out its Anti-Submarine Warfare mission.
“We are honored to have been given the opportunity to design, integrate and deliver the Navy’s premiere USV. We are excited at the prospect of incorporating our proven cutting-edge robotic technologies in a state-of-the-art unmanned surface vehicle platform,” said Scott Myers, president of General Dynamics Robotic Systems.
General Dynamics’ teammates include Navatek, Ltd. (Honolulu, Hawaii), Alion Science and Technology (Boulder, Colo.), Signal Systems Corporation (Severna Park, Md.), International Logistics Systems (Glen Rock, Pa.), and Chesapeake Sciences Corporation (Millersville, Md.).
General Dynamics Robotic Systems is a leading performer on Department of Defense advanced robotics technology projects such as the Autonomous Navigation System (ANS) for the Army’s Future Combat Systems program, Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (RCTA), Mobile Detection Assessment and Response System (MDARS) and Vetronics Technology Integration (VTI).
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 81,100 people worldwide and expects 2006 revenue of approximately $24 billion. The company is a market leader in mission-critical information systems and technologies; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and business aviation.
AUTONOMOUS NAVIGATION ON LAND 2013
General Dynamics Robotic Systems (GDRS) has been developing key autonomous navigation capabilities for unmanned systems for two decades.
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US Department of Navy Research, development & Acquisition - http://acquisition.navy.mil/
US Fleet Forces Command - http://www.cffc.navy.mil/
The Bluefish SNAV platform, presently under development, is a robotic ocean workhorse. Based on a stable SWASH hull that can achieve high speeds for long duration. This robot ship uses no diesel fuel to monitor the oceans autonomously (COLREGS compliant) at 6-7 knots continuously 24/7 and 365 days a year - only possible with the revolutionary (patent) energy harvesting system. The vessel may also sprint from one location to another covering distances in excess of 100 nautical mile at speeds of over 10 knots - Thus may reach a target area within a relatively short response time. The hullform is ideal for automatic release and recovery of ROVs or towed arrays, alternating between drone and fully autonomous modes. Calculations suggest that this vessel would pay for itself in fuel saved every ten years. Any agency employing solar energy for transport will lower their carbon footprint.
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