Six companies have received separate contractsÂ from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency toÂ develop autonomous underwater robots for deep-sea exploration.
L3Harris Technologies (NYSE: LHX),Â Leidos (NYSE: LDOS) andÂ Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC)Â will aim to createÂ an integrated approach to address operational and technological requirements underÂ DARPA’s Angler program as Track A awardees, the agencyÂ said Wednesday.
EdgeTech, Kitware and Soartech are the program’sÂ Track B contractors andÂ will develop tools intended to facilitateÂ perception, autonomy and navigation.
DARPAÂ seeks robots that will work to survey and explore ocean depths with the use of terrestrial, space robotic andÂ underwater sensing tools.
The three-phase Angler programÂ will conclude with the completion and deployment of a working technology prototypeÂ in an underwater mission.