Sea Platforms

DARPA taps Lockheed Martin for Manta Ray UUV development

04 March 2020

Lockheed Martin has been contracted by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop and prototype a next-generation extra-large unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV).

Known as Manta Ray, the multiphase project is intended to demonstrate critical technologies for a new class of long-endurance, long-range, and payload-carrying UUVs.

According to DARPA, the Manta Ray programme plans to advance key technologies - up to and including at-sea demonstrations - that will benefit future UUV designs. These include, inter alia, novel energy management techniques for UUV operations and undersea energy harvesting techniques at operationally relevant depths; low-power, high-efficiency propulsion systems; innovative low-power techniques for underwater detection and classification of hazards, and counter-detection of threats; and new approaches to mitigate biofouling, corrosion, and other material degradation on long-duration missions.

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