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SAIC Wins DARPA Contract to Build Unmanned Anti-Submarine Vessel; John Fratamico Comments

Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI) has won a prime position on a $59 million single-award, cost-plus fixed-fee contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to design, build and test a prototype unmanned autonomous surface vessel

According to a company statement, the contract is part of the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel program including phases two through four and SAIC provided conceptual design work during phase one of the program.

“We are very pleased that DARPA has selected SAIC to realize its vision for this revolutionary unmanned autonomous vessel that has the potential to be a game-changer in ASW and maritime operations, ” said John Fratamico, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general  manager.

The McLean, Va.- based contractor will work with DARPA to design, build and demonstrate an experimental vessel that can independently deploy under sparse remote supervisory control, enabling the Navy to respond to critical operational demand.

SAIC is tasked with providing a final design and production plan for the ACTUV prototype in phase two.

Construction of the prototype is expected to be completed in phase three and phase four will consist of government testing.

SAIC will partner with Oregon Iron Works and Christensen Shipyards for ship design, construction and propulsion

NASA’s jet propulsion lab and Carnegie Mellon University will be partnered with for autonomy.

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