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Lockheed, Northrop, Navatek to Support DARPA Long-Range UUV Program

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Lockheed, Northrop, Navatek to Support DARPA Long-Range UUV Program - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Navatek will help the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency develop and test new unmanned underwater vehicles designed for long-duration performance.

DARPA said Monday its Manta Ray program will look into the creation of long-range UUVs that do not require immediate human logistics or maintenance support.

“The Manta Ray program aims to increase at-sea operational capacity and capabilities for the combatant commander while minimizing disruptions to current operations by remaining independent of crewed vessels and ports once deployed,“ said Cmdr. Kyle Woerner, program manager for Manta Ray at DARPA's Tactical Technology Office. 

Metron, a science consulting company, will investigate technology for undersea energy harvesting to help the effort.

The program will also explore a variety of technologies such as high-efficiency propulsion and corrosion mitigation.

DARPA plans to pursue Manta Ray over the course of three developmental phases.

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