Sea Platforms

DARPA expands industry participation for Manta Ray UUV development

15 March 2020

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded four contracts in support of its Manta Ray unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) programme.

Manta Ray is a multiphase project intended to demonstrate critical technologies for a new class of long-duration, long-range, payload-capable UUVs. DARPA envisages Manta Ray-type vehicles giving combatant commanders improved capacity, without disrupting current operations, by remaining independent of manned vessels and ports once deployed.

DARPA has selected three companies – Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories, Northrop Grumman, and Navatek – to focus on developing an integrated solution for Manta Ray technology and operational areas. Lockheed Martin has received a Phase 1 award valued at USD12.3 million, Northrop Grumman’s contract is worth USD10.1 million, and Navatek has received funding of USD5.5 million.

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