Leidos, a FORTUNE® 500 science and know-how chief, was lately chosen by the U.S. Naval Sea Programs Command (NAVSEA) to design and construct a medium-size unmanned undersea automobile. The only award, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract holds an approximate worth of $358 million if all choices are exercised. Work shall be carried out primarily in Lynnwood, Washington. The medium unmanned undersea automobile will assist intelligence preparation of the operational surroundings by offering submarine-based autonomous oceanographic sensing and information assortment for the Navy. The MUUV may also present surface-launched and recovered mine countermeasures. Leidos will work with a number of companions to ship this essential know-how, together with L3Harris Applied sciences.

“This partnership with the Leidos crew supplies the Navy with a complicated, agile unmanned undersea automobile system that leverages our confirmed Iver know-how. The Leidos and L3Harris crew efficiently recovered AUVs by a submarine torpedo tube and we’re excited to carry this dynamic launch and restoration functionality to real-world missions,” stated Rosemary Chapdelaine, President, Maritime, L3Harris.


“Our many years of expertise fielding unmanned know-how coupled with our familiarity with the ever-changing wants of the fleet, allows us to offer this essential functionality to our warfighters at pace and scale. We look ahead to constructing upon our long-standing relationship with the Navy and supporting their essential nationwide safety mission,” stated Mike Rickels, Leidos Senior Vice President of C4ISR Options.

A Seahawk medium displacement unmanned floor vessel and an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73 take part in U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Unmanned Programs Built-in Battle Drawback (UxS IBP) 21, April 2021. (U.S. Navy photograph by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon Renfroe)

Final 12 months in April, Leidos handed over a medium-displacement uncrewed floor automobile (MDUSV), known as Seahawk, to the US Navy. Seahawk is a long-range, high-availability autonomous floor vessel with a composite trimaran hull. This medium-displacement unmanned floor automobile (MDUSV) will improve capabilities for naval operations. Like Leidos’ MDUSV Sea Hunter, Seahawk is considerably bigger than different U.S. Navy USVs and has considerably elevated capabilities in comparison with smaller USVs when it comes to vary, seakeeping and payload capability. Seahawk is designed to function with little human involvement, thus offering a forward-deployed and rapid-response asset within the international maritime surveillance community.

The trimaran’s displacement (totally loaded) is 145 lengthy tons. This consists of 14,000 gallons of gas that may energy the dual diesel engines for a considerable size of time. Seahawk’s upgraded design follows an analysis of over 300 classes discovered from Sea Hunter. These upgrades have been primarily based on joint evaluations by Leidos and the Navy and embrace upgraded electrical programs, a payload mounting system and check operator management station. Seahawk will be a part of SURFDEVRON in San Diego, California. The Workplace of Naval Analysis awarded Leidos the cost-plus-fixed price contract to construct Seahawk Vessel, with an approximate worth of $35.5 million, in December 2017. Work was principally carried out on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Seahawk medium displacement unmanned surface vessel
A Seahawk medium displacement unmanned floor vessel participates in U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Unmanned Programs Built-in Battle Drawback (UxS IBP) 21, April 2021. (U.S. Navy photograph by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon Renfroe)