DoD Seeks Underwater-Launched UAV Platform

The Defense Department has started to accept solution briefs for an underwater-launched unmanned aerial vehicle with interface and control features similar to those of existing consumer drones.

A solicitation notice posted on the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental’s website says that DoD seeks a platform that can process full-motion video and operate for more than one hour at a range of up to 30 miles.

The UAV should weigh less than three pounds and employ an AES-256 bit encryption method to secure communications to and from the vehicle, DIUx noted.

Interested offerors must describe in their submissions how a UAV platform could launch, orient itself, transition to flight and traverse a water column.

DIUx added it can partner with a selected proposer to explore, license and integrate relevant government technologies into  a final prototype.

 

Proposals are due April 2.

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