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US Navy Unmanned Minesweeping Tests Successful

The US Navy’s Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) has completed its initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E), the force reported.

The ship-based IOT&E was conducted throughout May and June this year. It included end-to-end minesweeping missions of Navy Instrumented Threat Targets, among other tests.

LCS Mission Modules Program Manager Capt. Godfrey “Gus” Weekes said that completion of the tests on the UISS is a “major milestone for the UISS Program of Record, and demonstrates continued progress to fielding the full capability of the mine countermeasures Mission Package aboard the littoral combat ship (LCS).”

“The test event demonstrated for the first time both the capability and sustainability of a minesweeping capability using an unmanned system from an LCS in an operationally realistic environment,” Weekes added.

What is the UISS Program?

The UISS program is part of a mine countermeasures package aboard an LCS. It is deployed for minesweeping and programmed to detect a wide variety of mines throughout a vast surface area.

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