Several autonomous technologies remain in the LCS Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Mission Package, including the Common Unmanned Surface Vessel (CUSV), which will be fitted to accommodate an influence sweep
payload as well as minehunting payload, and the Knifefish UUV, which will use Low Frequency Broad Band (LFBB) technology to hunt for buried and bottom mines.
The follow-on increment will provide a sustained influence sweep
capability with the Unmanned Influence Sweep
System (UISS) being developed by Textron Systems and centred on a USV derived from the company's Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle (CUSV) towing a long submerged magnetic field-generating cable with a Mk.104 acoustic generator to detonate mines.
The fourth generation CUSV will be part of the United States Navy's Unmanned Influence Sweep
System (UISS) program for use with the USN's growing fleet of littoral combat ships.
The unmanned Influence Sweep
System program is intended to develop a technology that can detect acoustic and magnetic mines and be deployed from the littoral combat ship.
The MCM mission modules include the Remote Minehunting System (RMS), AQS-20A mine-hunting sonar, Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS), Airborne Mine Neutralization System (AMNS), Organic Airborne and Surface Influence Sweep
(OASIS), Unmanned Influence Sweep
System (UISS), and Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) system.
The Navy, for instance, initially wanted the MH-60S helicopter to be able to tow the Organic Airborne and Surface Influence Sweep
, or OASIS, the module's first minesweeper.
One end of the tow cable attaches to the Navy's multi-mission helicopter and the other connects to any of the following systems: the AN/ASQ-235 Airborne Mine Neutralization System, the AN/AQS-20A Sonar Mine Detecting Set and the AN/ALQ-220 Organic Airborne and Surface Influence Sweep
. These systems are towed at high speeds through the water during mine clearing operations.
The organic airborne and surface influence sweep
system, or OASIS, is towed from a helicopter and creates a magnetic field in the water, as well as generating acoustic noise, he says.
The AN/ALQ-220 OASIS (the Organic Airborne and Surface Influence Sweep
system) follows in 2008.
The Organic Airborne and Surface Influence Sweep
(OASIS), a combination high-speed, magnetic, acoustic-influence sweep system, also will be reviewed early this year.