Leidos awarded contract for Sea Hunter II ACTUV autonomous vessel

Leidos Inc. is being awarded a  contract for the Sea Hunter II, the second Autonomous ASW Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV).

The cost-plus-fixed fee contract, with an estimated value of around 35.5 million, was awarded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) located in Arlington, Virginia.

This contract contains options, which if exercised, would bring the contract value to $43,559,069. Work will be performed in Gulfport Mississippi (44.70 percent); Long Beach, Mississippi (24.27 percent); Arlington, Virginia (16.40 percent); Pasadena, California (6.53 percent); Bowie, Maryland (2.33 percent); Newport, Rhode Island (1.56 percent); Melbourne, Florida (1.38 percent); Kalama, Washington (1.25 percent); and various places below one percent (1.58 percent).

The base and option periods will run concurrently, therefore, work is expected to be completed Dec. 13, 2020.

Sea Hunter

The Sea Hunter is an autonomous unmanned surface vehicle (USV) launched in 2016 as part of the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program.

ACTUV is a DARPA funded project launched in early 2010 to develop an anti-submarine drone (unmanned surface vehicle).

In September 2014, DARPA signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Office of Naval Research(ONR) to jointly fund the ACTUV prototype. If successful, the program could transition to the U.S. Navy for ASW by 2018, and possibly other missions such as mine countermeasures.

Sea Hunter was christened 7 April 2016 in Portland, Oregon. It was built by Vigor Industrial.

The vessel continues the line of experimental “Sea” ships, including the Sea Shadow, Sea Fighter, and Sea Slice. The Sea Hunter is classified as a Class III USV and designated the Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MDUSV).

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