- Proteus has been designed and built to serve as a large-diameter undersea vehicle prototype for both manned and unmanned missions
- During ANTX, Proteus was used to ingress contested battlespace and launch three micro-UUVs
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII’s) Proteus dual-mode undersea vehicle (DMUV) successfully completed autonomous contested battlespace missions during the 2017 Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Panama City Division.
Proteus was jointly developed by HII’s Technical Solutions division (Undersea Solutions Group) and Battelle, and has been designed and built to serve as a large-diameter undersea vehicle prototype able to deliver payloads at distances of hundreds of miles without human intervention in autonomous mode, or transport divers in manned mode. Evolved from a proven in-service Swimmer Delivery Vehicle, the DMUV has been enhanced through the embodiment of advanced autonomy software and high-energy density lithium polymer batteries.
Compared to conventionally-sized unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs), Proteus can carry much larger payloads and cover much greater distances than has previously been possible. Furthermore, its energy capacity markedly reduces the need for frequent launch and recovery. HII in April 2016 announced that Proteus had successfully completed a 30-hour endurance test as part of simulated unmanned mission performed in a test tank.
ANTX was executed by NSWC Panama City in co-operation with HII, Battelle, Northrop Grumman, and Riptide Autonomous Solutions. The exercise covered aerial, surface, and underwater vehicle mission capability demonstrations through relevant operational scenarios, while communicating real-time mission performance to remote operations headquarters.
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