General Dynamics Mission Systems Inc., Quincy, Massachusetts, is awarded a $72,798,641 contract for the retrofit of five Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle systems to the Block I configuration and engineering support services. The contract was awarded in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), as implemented under Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 6.302-1 â€” only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
Knifefish is a medium-class Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) designed for deployment off the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The Knifefish UUV provides the mine warfare commander with enhanced mine-hunting capability by detecting, classifying and identifying both buried mines and mines in high clutter environments. A critical element of the LCS Mine Countermeasure (MCM) mission package, which is comprised of many different mine warfare platforms, including Knifefish, is its common open systems architecture design.