unmanned underwater vehicle

March 30, 2017

Phoenix International Holdings Inc.,* Largo, Maryland, being awarded a $14,518,512 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the science and technology research concerning the development of an unmanned underwater vehicle-based sensor system testbed and evaluation of advanced sensor and autonomy modules. There are no option periods. Work will be performed in Largo, Maryland, and work is expected to be completed March 24, 2022. Fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $148,000 will be obligated at the time of award. The funds will expire at end of the current fiscal year.

March 3, 2017

Hadal Inc., Oakland, California, is being awarded a $14,171,492 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the science and technology research of the Office of Naval Research Large Displacement Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Innovative Naval Prototypes program. This contract contains options that, if exercised, will bring the total cumulative value to $39,068,913. Work will be performed in Oakland and is expected to be completed by February 28, 2021. If all options are exercised, the work will continue through February 28, 2022. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $50,000 will be obligated at the time of award. No funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

December 16, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
USNS Bowditch

A Chinese military ship seized a U.S. underwater, unmanned research vessel, prompting the U.S. Defense Department to launch “appropriate government-to-government channels” with the Chinese government to immediately return the vessel. On Thursday, China unlawfully seized the unclassified ocean glider while sailing in the South China Sea, according to a Defense Department news release. 

The USNS Bowditch and the unmanned underwater vessel (UUV) are used to gather military oceanographic data such as salinity, water temperature and sound speed, the release states. 

November 4, 2016

Hydroid Inc., Pocasset, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $7,408,735 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00174-14-D-0001) to exercise option three for engineering support and training services for the MK18 Mod 1 and Mod 2 unmanned underwater vehicle systems. The MK18 Mod 1 and Mod 2 unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) systems are in support of very shallow water missions, very shallow water mine countermeasures and underwater object localization tools.

June 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers

A NATO coalition of scientists and researchers recently experimented with a variety of underwater robots in a joint scientific mine countermeasures sea trial. The May 20-29 experiment involved NATO’s Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), the Royal Netherlands Navy Defence Diving Group, NATO’s Naval Mine Warfare Centre of Excellence and the United Kingdom Royal Navy Maritime Autonomous Systems Trial Team.

March 9, 2015
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract modification to upgrade three remote multi-mission vehicles for inclusion in the Remote Minehunting System for the Littoral Combat Ship.

Lockheed Martin Corp., Riviera Beach, Florida, is being awarded a $28,822,369 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-6300) to upgrade three low rate initial production 1 remote multi-mission vehicles to a v6.0 configuration for inclusion in the Remote Minehunting System (RMS). The RMS is a mission module used by the Littoral Combat Ship to identify and destroy surface, subsurface and bottom moored mines. Work will be performed in Palm Beach, Florida (87 percent); Syracuse, New York (13 percent); and is expected to be completed by February 2017. Fiscal 2015 research and development in the amount of $10,596,221 will be incrementally funded.

December 1, 2014
By Rita Boland

A developmental U.S. Navy project aims to provide a creative solution to the challenge of how to move unmanned underwater vehicles to their proper point for submersion. The project is creating a bio-inspired seacraft that will use flight to reach its destinations.

May 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

Metron Inc., Reston, Va.,is being awarded a $7,287,619 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research and development of a large displacement unmanned undersea vehicle (LDUUV) to include in-lab integration and testing of autonomy and mission planning software with bench test hardware selected for deployment on the LDUUV. This one-year contract includes two, one-year options which, if exercised, would bring the potential, cumulative value of this contract to an estimated $18,317,018. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity. 

May 4, 2012
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Navy will be using unmanned vehicles both in the air and underwater to a greater extent, according to Rear Adm. William Leigher, director of warfare integration for information dominance (N-2/N-6F). These vehicles will provide valuable intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data and perform dangerous tasks such as mine clearance.

Speaking at AFCEA NOVA Naval IT Day on May 3, the admiral outlined a set of guiding principles that will help define naval ISR. In this architecture, every platform is a sensor and every sensor is networked. Data is discoverable and accessible by all; and systems feature common interfaces, data formats and standards.

September 30, 2011
By George Seffers

General Dynamics Advanced Informational Systems Incorporated, McLeansville, North Carolina, is being awarded a potential $86,719,986 contract with cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and firm-fixed-price line items for the engineering, manufacturing and development of the Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (SMCM UUV). The SMCM UUV system will provide the fleet mine warfare commander with enhanced mine-hunting capability. The SMCM UUV system will address the Navy's need to reliably detect and identify undersea volume and bottom mines in high-clutter environments and areas with potential for mine case burial.