The UK government's Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) mechanism has launched a new multi-year themed competition, seeking proposals to develop an autonomous version of an existing large underwater vehicle.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) aims to address the Royal Navy's need to understand the advantages and operational boundaries of an autonomously operating unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) system.
"Defence has an enduring requirement for an increased presence within the underwater battlespace and is looking to address the lack of current options in order to increase the number of delivery ready platforms," the MoD said in a press release. "To shape the understanding of current cutting edge capabilities, a strategy of exploration and analysis has been adopted to better inform capacity and requirements of 'Maritime Autonomous System' use for future Royal Navy operations."
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