AAI Corporation, doing business as Textron Systems, is awarded a contract modification, worth around $21.8 million, by the U.S. Navy for low rate initial production (LRIP) for the Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) program.
Fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy) and fiscal 2019 other procurement (Navy) funding for the amount will be obligated at the time of the award. The U.S. Department of Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is the contracting activity (N00024-14-C-6322).
Work will be performed in Hunt Valley, Maryland (70%), and Slidell, Louisiana (30%), and is expected to be completed by August 2021.
It was announced earlier this month that the U.S. Navy’s Program Executive Officer for Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC) has granted Milestone C approval to the UISS program clearing the way for the LRIP.
Designed for the littoral combat ship (LCS) as part of the mine countermeasures mission package, the UISS consists of a mine countermeasures unmanned surface vehicle and a towed minesweeping payload for influence sweeping of magnetic, acoustic and magnetic/acoustic combination mine types. UISS can also be launched from vessels of opportunity or from shore.
The UISS program will satisfy the Navy’s need for a rapid, wide-area coverage mine clearance capability, required to neutralize magnetic/acoustic influence mines. UISS seeks to provide a high area coverage rate in a small, lightweight package with minimal impact on the host platform.
Formal Developmental Testing and Operational Assessment of UISS took place off the coast of South Florida and successfully concluded in late November 2019. Testing included a series of end-to-end minesweeping missions against simulated mine targets using the Navy Instrumented Threat Targets training system.
Textron Systems was awarded an EMD contract in October 2014 for the UISS, based on its Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle (CUSV). The Navy exercised options for two additional vehicles in 2017, which were delivered in 2018 in support of the comprehensive Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MCM USV) program that will leverage the UISS USV for missions that include minehunting and mine neutralization.
Textron is expected to begin the delivery of LRIP systems in fiscal 2021.