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September 2012 Issue

Bluefinís HAUV-3 Completes US Government Acceptance Testing
Bluefin Robotics Corp.ís (Quincy, Massachusetts) HAUV-3 has completed government acceptance testing as the production system for the U.S. Navyís explosive ordnance disposal hull UUV localization systems, the company announced in August. The Navy also conducted a successful series of environmental tests in harsh conditions.

The HAUV-3 is designed to autonomously perform ship hull inspection and obtain 100 percent sonar coverage, a task typically performed by divers to secure ports and harbors. It is equipped with Sound Metrics Corp.ís (Bellevue, Washington) DIDSON imaging sonar and a camera, which provides supplemental visual information to divers tasked with relocating contacts.

Bluefin provided training to fleet personnel prior to acceptance testing. Trainees then operated the HAUV-3 in several in-water operational scenarios as part of the testing. The system demonstrated increased operational speeds and nearly twice as much endurance as its predecessor, the prototype HAUV-2.


UTC Gets ONR Contract to Demonstrate Air-Independent Power System for Undersea Vehicles
UTC Aerospace Systemsí (Charlotte, North Carolina) Hamilton Sundstrand business was awarded a contract by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to demonstrate an energy-dense, air-independent power system for an undersea vehicle as part of ONRís long-endurance undersea vehicle propulsion (LEUVP) program, the company announced in August.

LEUVP will develop an energy storage system to allow an undersea vehicle to carry out a longer mission with additional capabilities.

UTC Aerospace Systems, UTC Power (South Windsor, Connecticut) and Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (Boulder, Colorado) will demonstrate a fully integrated solution that includes a proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) and cryogenically stored fuel and oxidant. UTC Power is designing the fuel cell power module system for this demonstration project.

The PEMFC is currently in production to provide a fuel cell power module for the Spanish Navyís S-80 submarine.


Rockwell Collins to Provide TacNet Tactical Radio to NRL
Rockwell Collins (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) announced in August that it has been awarded a contract by the Naval Research Lab (NRL) to provide its TacNet Tactical Radio (TTR), a small form factor terminal that will bring Link 16 networking capability to a broader range of military platforms. Deliveries will begin by February 2013.

Link 16 is the primary joint data link for U.S. and coalition forces, providing near-real-time, jam-resistant data communications. It integrates command and control data, including the sharing of targeting and situational awareness data.

TTR, with its small size, high power output and adaptability to the naval warfare environment, will provide war- fighters with a common operating picture through Link 16. The radio is suitable for unmanned aerial systems, rotary wing aircraft, forward air controllers, military vehicles, mobile and transportable ground stations, and small maritime assets without previous access to Link 16 capability.

TTR has a selectable output power with 1-, 50- and 90-watt transmission modes, free air convection cooling, a volume less than 185 cubic inches, a weight of less than 10 pounds, and data, imagery and Link 16 digital voice capability.


Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Electronic-Attack Solution and Great Green Fleet at RIMPAC
A Lockheed Martin Corp. (Bethesda, Maryland) and Raytheon Co. (Waltham, Massachusetts) team has demonstrated its potential electronic-attack solution for the U.S. Navyís surface electronic warfare improvement program (SEWIP) during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) maritime exercise near Hawaii, which ran from June 29 to August 3.

RIMPAC involved 22 countries, more than 40 ships and submarines, and more than 200 aircraft. The U.S. Navy demonstrated its Great Green Fleet during the exercise, with surface combatants and aircraft using biofuel blends for the first time in an operation.

A total of 900,000 gallons of a 50-50 alternative fuel (biofuel and petroleum) blend was prepared for the demonstration and tested first on the USS Nimitz.

The Lockheed and Raytheon teamís potential electronic attack solution went to sea aboard Lockheed Martinís mobile Integrated Common Electronic Warfare System test bed, in advance of a Navy competition later in the summer.


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