Leidos to Develop Mid-Size Unmanned Underwater Vehicle and Sensors for Maritime Environment Detection

WASHINGTON- Unmanned systems designers at Leidos Inc. in Reston, Va., will design a mid-size unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) for marine environment detection and mine countermeasures as part of a $12 million contract announced Thursday.

Officials at the US Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington ask Leidos to design the Medium Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (MUUV) for the torpedo tube-launched environmental sensing mission and expeditionary maritime mine countermeasures. This contract includes options that could extend until 2032 and bring its value to $358.5 million.

The MUUV will combine an unmanned vehicle and sensors to provide persistent countermeasures against surface-launched and recovered mines and autonomous underwater oceanographic detection and data collection.

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The MUUV will be a modular open-system unmanned underwater vehicle that will support the next generation of the Navy’s Program Executive Office of Small Unmanned Combatants (PEO USC) Program Office of Maritime Unmanned Systems (PMS 406) UUV Program Razorback and the Expeditionary Missions Program Office (PMS 408) Viperfish Maritime Expeditionary Mine Countermeasures UUV.

The first production MUUV systems will be for expeditionary mine countermeasures, while others will support autonomous underwater oceanographic detection and data collection for environmental detection and mine countermeasures.

Under this contract, Leidos will perform the work in Lynnwood, Washington; Arlington, Virginia; Newport, RI (10%); Long Beach, Mississippi; and San Diego, and is expected to be completed by June 2023.

For more information, contact Leidos online at www.leidos.com.

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