WASHINGTON, DC – The Program Executive Office, Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC) announced that the Unmanned Influence Scanning System (UISS), a critical component of the mine countermeasures technology suite of the Navy, has achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC).

The Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) declared UISS IOC on July 22. The program has completed formal testing and delivered a system with logistics and training equipment with properly trained fleet personnel to execute clearance as part of the Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Mission Module (MP).

“The UISS IOC statement is a monumental achievement for the Navy’s Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Mission Module (MP),” said Capt. Godfrey “Gus” Weekes, Module Program Manager. LCS mission (PMS 420). PMS 420 is the office that oversees the UISS within PEO USC.

Capable of being operated from Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), Shore or Vessels of Opportunity (VOO), the UISS provides acoustic and magnetic mine clearance coupled with the semi-autonomous, motor-powered unmanned surface vehicle diesel and aluminum-hulled (MCM USV). The MCM USV is an integral part of the MCM mission package and serves as a towing platform for clearance and minehunting missions.

Notably, it is also the first IOC of an unmanned surface platform by the US Navy, marking an important step in the evolution towards a hybrid fleet of manned and unmanned systems. “Over the years, the program has worked tirelessly to mature and field the UISS system that will secure the Navy’s most valuable asset, our sailors, keeping them out of the minefield. With this declaration, the program is gradually approaching the system-wide CIO for MCM MP,” said Weekes.