War-Fighter Unmanned Vehicles Developed for U.S. Marines

Marines test the future of oceanic reconnaissance at Marine Corps Base Hawaii using an Iver UUV (Marine Corp photo by Sgt. Jesus Sepulveda Torres.)

L3 OceanServer was awarded a contract to support the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command for an Iver3 UUV to be used for testing and evaluation. Over the past four years, L3 OceanServer has leveraged hundreds of thousands of operational hours on Iver vehicles to build a system with war fighter-driven attributes. With more than 300 vehicles sold to various customers worldwide, the Iver is a commercial-off-the-shelf product that delivers the latest advances in technology with proven performance in real-world situations.

The Iver is a purpose-built UUV that carries the highest-performance, man-portable sensor package available, including the iXBlue PHINS compact inertial navigation system (INS) and the EdgeTech 2205B bathymetry and side scan sonar. The longer runtimes of the Iver, paired with its precise navigational accuracy, enable long ingress/egress missions to allow the operator greater standoff distances, increasing overall mission safety.

The Iver is an open platform and often the vehicle of choice for development programs interested in designing and testing new behaviors to be used across the fleet. Many of the recent mine countermeasure (MCM) behaviors and automatic target recognition (ATR) algorithms were originally designed and validated on the Iver platform. Today, there are more than 50 Iver systems in use by the U.S. Navy. —L3 OceanServer

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