Sea Platforms

Boeing, Lockheed Martin secure XLUUV design contracts

02 October 2017

Key Points

  • The Orca XLUUV programme is intended to develop a modular, open architecture long-range unmanned underwater vehicle
  • Boeing and Lockheed Martin will complete Phase I design activities by the end of 2018, with a single contractor to be downselected for manufacture under Phase II

Boeing and Lockheed Martin have been contracted by the US Navy to develop designs for a future long-endurance Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV) capable of hosting multiple mission payloads simultaneously.

The XLUUV, known as Orca, is intended to be a modular, open architecture unmanned underwater vehicle deployable from a pier or a host amphibious ship platform.

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