General Dynamics wins $48M Navy contract for mine detectors

Monday - 10/3/2011, 7:11pm EDT

The Naval Surface Warfare Center awards General Dynamics a $48 million contract to develop a new underwater mine detector.

The Navy calls the project the Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Underwater Vehicle.

The machine will eventually be able to pick out and identify sunken mines in areas with lots of clutter.

Naval officials hope to build a fleet of the new vehicles.

They'll launch from the new Littoral Combat Ships, which operate in shallow water.

A contract option would give General Dynamics Advanced Informational Systems an order for the first five copies of the vehicle.

GD will do most of the work at McLeansville, North Carolina; Braintree, Massachusetts and Houston.

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