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Navy orders additional mine-hunter drones

April 20, 2017 (Photo Credit: Textron Systems)
Textron has been awarded a $14.8 million Navy contract to provide additional robot mine-hunters.

Under the contract, Textron will deliver two Common Unmanned Surface Vehicles, or CUSV, in 2018 for the Navy's Unmanned Influence Sweep System, or UISS, program, according to a company news release.

The CUSVs will be used in the Navy's Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Surface Vehicle mission, which includes mine hunting, minesweeping and possibly mine neutralization.

"These two additional CUSVs will join the U.S. Navy’s first CUSV, which is designed for the influence sweeping mission," Textron said. "This UISS CUSV recently completed initial testing near Textron Systems Marine & Land Systems facility in Louisiana and is currently undergoing additional testing off of the east coast of the U.S."

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