General Dynamics Mission Systems released the new Bluefin-12 autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle at Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2019. This new vehicle builds upon the proven Bluefin autonomy and uses shared Bluefin Robotics’ core capabilities, increased mission modularity and embedded intelligence to complete users’ long endurance, high-consequence and changing missions.
The base Bluefin-12’s extended modularity supports the integration of user-designated sensors and payloads to deliver new mission-critical capabilities. The Bluefin Robotics core autonomy with Standard Payload Interfaces (SPI), open-architecture compatibility and greater than 4,000 cubic centimeter-payload section supports the rapid integration of sensors and payload needed for the successful completion of new missions. The Bluefin-12 may be configured with an optional turnkey survey package delivering integrated survey capabilities including high-resolution sonar, environmental sensing, powerful on-board data processing and highly accurate navigation.
«The General Dynamics’ team has invested in a completely new generation of vehicles», said Andy Rogers, vice president of undersea systems at General Dynamics Mission Systems. «The new Bluefin-12 provides superior design, high quality, excellent modularity and best-in-class reliability to deliver exceptional mission capability and range».
«We are proud to add the Bluefin-12 to our UUV family of products and to deliver both the Bluefin-12 and Bluefin-9 UUVs to Thales in support of the Royal Australian Navy’s SEA 1778 program», Rogers said.
|Diameter||12.8” (32 cm)|
|Length||15.8’ (4.83 m)|
|Weight||550 lbs. (250 kg) – with integrated survey package|
|Buoyancy||Buoyant in Fresh and Salt Water
Seamless Transition Between Water Bodies
|Lift Points||Nose, Mid-section, Aft Mounted Lift-Points|
|Depth Rating||656’ (200 m)|
|Energy||Four (4) 1.9 kWh rechargeable Li-Ion battery
Designed for rapid removal and replacement – recharges in six hours using rugged battery charger
|Endurance||24 hr @ 3 knots
36 hr @ 2 knots
4 hr Transit; 20 hr Survey
|Speed||Up to 6.0 knots sustained transit, survey at up to 5.0 knots|
|Propulsion||Gimbaled, ducted thruster for propulsion and control|
|Navigation||Real-time accuracy ≤ 0.1% D.T. CEP 50
GPS (1.0 m CEP 50 accuracy)
Dedicated Inertial Navigation System
Doppler Velocity Log
|Available Integrated Payloads & Sensors||Sonardyne Solstice 3000 Multi-aperture sonar
Removable Data Storage Module (RDSM) w/Camera
Turbidity and Fluorometer Sensor
Sound Velocity Sensor + Temperature + Pressure
|Antenna||Integrated GPS, Wi-Fi, and Iridium w/ visible strobe|
|Communications||Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Iridium, Acoustic|
|Safety Systems||Ground Fault Detection, Leak Detection, Independently Powered Emergency Operations System|
|Software||Bluefin Dashboard and Bluefin Planner
Optional SeeByte SeeTrack v4 interoperability