Leidos to develop a medium-sized unmanned underwater vehicle for U.S.Navy

Medium-Sized Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

Leidos (NYSE: LDOS) has been awarded a potential $358.5 million contract by the U.S. Navy to build a medium-sized unmanned underwater vehicle (MUUV) for surface mine countermeasures and torpedo tube launch data collection operations.

Naval Sea Systems Command received four bids for the MUUV program and committed $12 million in initial funding for design delivery within a one-year baseline performance period, according to a Defense Department notice released Thursday.

The May 2020 call for proposals indicated that the industry was looking for an open-architecture vehicle with two configurations: the Razorback torpedo tube launch and recovery and the marine expeditionary mine counter UUV.

The first variant is designed to operate from the submarine’s torpedo tubes and perform autonomous oceanographic survey missions, while the second variant is designed to launch from a surface platform and help the service find mines.

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