Strategic Programs

Bluefin and Military.

With a focus on defense industry solutions, Bluefin Robotics offers customizable autonomous undersea robotics and energy technologies that can be leveraged for strategic missions and programs.  

Not only are our AUVs ideal for critical missions thanks to on-board data processing and advanced acoustic communications for real-time monitoring and mission verification, but Bluefin’s diverse portfolio of modular technology, vehicles, and software is designed from the ground up to be customized to suit any mission. 


Naval and defense applications include:


Notable strategic underwater vehicle and energy customization programs:


Knifefish is a specialized Bluefin-21 UUV being developed under contract from General Dynamics for the Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (SMCM UUV) program. The vehicle will be used to advance the Naval Research Laboratory’s low-frequency broadband (LFBB) payload technology and support the Navy’s counter-mine efforts.


DARPA Adaptable Sensor System (ADAPT)

SandShark Fleet

In response to a request from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Bluefin met the need for an adaptable one-person-liftable vehicle by miniaturizing energy, guidance, navigation, control and propulsion systems into a 4 7/8” diameter sonobuoy-sized package.  This vehicle, available commercially as SandShark™, is an open-platform AUV that provides sensor and capability developers a flexible subsea “reference design” to support rapid technology insertion at a price that affords multi-vehicle applications.



In partnership with Huntington-Ingalls and Battelle, Bluefin successfully demonstrated autonomy, guidance, navigation and control of a Large Displacement UUV.  Bluefin also provided the power solution for Proteus, adapting their core battery design into a larger form factor with higher voltages. This one-of-a-kind dual-use submersible vehicle won a prestigious R&D 100 award in 2013. Learn more about Proteus here.


Applicable base vehicles & battery systems

Bluefin can provide custom vehicles and energy solutions for any defense or commercial undersea challenge. 

Contact us today for more information.