DARPA Selects Lockheed for Extra-Large UUV R&D Contract

Jeff Brody

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has won a two-year, $12.3M contract to help the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency build and demonstrate an extra-large unmanned underwater vehicle.

DARPA will obligate $1.15M in research and development funds for the Manta Ray program at the time of award, the Department of Defense said Friday.

DoD expects contract work to be completed in January 2021.

The agency seeks technologies to support a new class of UUVs it envisions operating independently once deployed at sea.

The multiphase program looks to explore novel energy management approaches, undersea propulsion systems, underwater hazard detection and classification, mission management techniques, maritime data exploitation and methods to address degradation of material in such platform.

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