WASHINGTON – Unmanned systems designers at Leidos Inc. in Reston, Va., will design a medium-sized unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) for marine environmental sensing and counter-mine warfare under terms of a $12 million contract announced Thursday.
Officials of the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington are asking Leidos to design the Medium Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (MUUV) for torpedo tube-launched environmental sensing mission and maritime expeditionary mine countermeasures. This contract has options that could extend through 2032 and increase its value to $358.5 million.
The MUUV will combine unmanned vehicle and sensors to provide persistent surface-launched and -recovered mine countermeasures and submarine-based autonomous oceanographic sensing and data collection.
The MUUV will be a modular open-systems unmanned underwater vehicle that will support the next generation of the Navy's Program Executive Office Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC) Unmanned Maritime Systems Program Office (PMS 406) Razorback UUV program and the Expeditionary Missions Program Office (PMS 408) Viperfish Maritime Expeditionary Mine Countermeasures UUV.
Initial MUUV production systems will be for expeditionary mine countermeasures, while others will support submarine-based autonomous oceanographic sensing and data collection for environmental sensing and mine countermeasures.
On this contract Leidos will do the work in Lynnwood, Wash.; Arlington, Va.; Newport, R.I. (10%); Long Beach, Miss.; and San Diego, and should be finished by June 2023.
For more information contact Leidos online at www.leidos.com.
Military & Aerospace Electronics incorrectly posted a photo on 12 July 2022 in a story headlined Leidos to develop medium-sized unmanned underwater vehicle and sensors for maritime environmental sensing. The photo used to illustrate this article was used in error, and is the property of ECA Group in La Garde, France, which developed and owns the AUV A18 medium-size unmanned underwater vehicle shown in the photo. Military & Aerospace Electronics has removed the photo, and regrets the error.