In order to support aerospace economic development in Florida, Lockheed Martin and Space Florida announced an agreement to advance the testing and production of a new autonomous underwater vehicle known as Marlin.
“Lockheed Martin is committed to providing high technology jobs in Palm Beach that help promote Florida as a place to foster innovation,“ said Richard Holmberg, vice president of mission and unmanned systems at Lockheed Martin's mission systems & sensors business.“Our partnership with Space Florida for the Marlin AUV will help support these job opportunities.“
The agreement outlines Lockheed’s responsibility to provide Marlin systems with sensors and imaging equipment to conduct commercial underwater inspections.
According to Lockheed, the systems will be used in the oil and gas industry as what is considered a safe and cost-effective way to inspect underwater infrastructure and pipelines, especially after severe weather such as hurricanes.
The Marlins will be built at Lockheed Martin's Palm Beach facility, and will be tested and demonstrated in open waters off Florida's Atlantic and Gulf coasts.