April 4 (UPI) -- Textron Systems has been contracted to provide the U.S. Navy with two additional 4th-generation Common Unmanned Surface Vehicles.
According to the manufacturer, the vehicles were procured for the service's Unmanned Influence Sweep System program. Once delivered, they will be sued to support the Mine Counter Measure Unmanned Surface Vehicle mission, which is comprised of mine hunting, sweeping and neutralization.
"The Navy is excited to continue to work with its industry partner, Textron Systems Unmanned Systems, to continue to develop, test and deliver additional capability to the fleet with the MCM USV platform and systems," program director Capt. Jon Rucker said in a press release. "The craft and its associated systems will provide a modular capability that will be a key component of the Navy's future mine countermeasures efforts."
The Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle, or CUSV, was the first platform selected by the U.S. Department of Defense for its unmanned surface vehicle push. In addition to thwarting maritime threats such as naval mines, it can also be used to support intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations.
The Navy has been testing the CUSV since 2011. The two new platforms will join the branch's existing vessel for additional missions. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2018.