Recently, the military enterprise General Dynamics Mission Systems successfully developed the Knifefish underwater mine detection robot. The United States Navy conducted an evaluation test on this unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) in a virtual minefield near the Boston coast in Massachusetts, USA, demonstrating that the device has the ability to detect and classify submerged mines at different depths.
Knifefish was improved in the General Dynamics Bluefin Robotics Bluefin-21 deep-water AUV, which is a heavyweight automatic driving Surface Mine CounterMeasure (SMCM) UUV. The UUV is currently used by the US Navy Combat Force (LCS) test and is one of the results of the Mine Countermeasure (MCM) mission.
The sensor-based Knifefish is used to find nearby mines, thus ensuring the safety of the command ship nearby. And this UUV can also be used to detect, identify and classify mines, even in very harsh environments, through the open architecture and "plug and play" module to quickly work to meet the different needs.