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US Navy Modifies Contract to Build Underwater Robotic Vehicles

The U.S. Navy has modified its $30 million contract with Bluefin Robotics, an underwater robotic vehicle manufacturer, under which the company is expected to develop an underwater robot with amazing bomb-finding capabilities.

The robot created by implementing advanced technologies will enable Naval Forces to conduct hull, pilings, and piers searches.

The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Indian Head issued the contract to develop an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Hull Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Localization Systems (HULS).

The first two phases of the contract involved making demonstrations. The third phase involved the simulation of a prototype that can be used for the production of a compact autonomous vehicle with precision maneuvering capabilities used for ship hull inspection. The initial contract award was awarded to Bluefin back in 2007.


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