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Bluefin-21

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Characteristics

  • Type:

    for offshore applications, modular, oceanographic surveys, search

Description

The Bluefin-21 is a highly modular autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle able to carry multiple sensors and payloads at once. It boasts a high energy capacity that enables extended operations even at the greatest depths. The Bluefin-21 has immense capability but is also flexible enough to operate from various ships of opportunity worldwide. The Bluefin-21 is ideal for a variety of applications, including:

Search and Salvage
Archaeology and Exploration
Oceanography
Mine Countermeasures (MCM)
Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)

FEATURES
FREE-FLOODED MODULARITY
The vehicle design includes swappable payload sections and battery modules for in-field mission reconfiguration. Subsystems can be quickly accessed for rapid turnaround between missions and also allow for in-field maintenance, accelerating operational tempo.

EFFICIENT WORKHORSE
The Bluefin-21 is an efficient, deep-rated UUV able to execute surveys with demanding requirements typically addressed by larger, more cumbersome platforms. Its small size and ability to be launched and recovered from a simple A-frame or docking head allow it to take advantage of ships of opportunity.

ACCURATE NAVIGATION
The Bluefin-21 uses an INS to provide the best possible navigation accuracy. Dead reckoning drift is typically less than 0.1% of distance traveled, yielding higher quality data. USBL aiding further improves navigation accuracy.

AIR-SHIPPABLE
The vehicle, batteries and support equipment can be broken down and packaged into easily transportable sections, making the system ideal for time-critical and remote operations.