Lockheed Martin was awarded a contract, worth around $12.3 million, for the Phase 1 of the DARPA Manta Ray Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) program.
This contract provides for the research, development and demonstration of the Manta Ray Extra-Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (XLUUV).
Work will be performed in Cherry Hill, New Jersey (30%); West Palm Beach, Florida (52%); Hauppauge, New York (3%); Nikayuna, New York (2%); Sommerville, Massachusetts (2%); Cambridge, Massachusetts (1%); Honolulu, Hawaii (2%); Albuquerque, New Mexico (1.5%); Melbourne, Florida (1%); Thousand Oaks, California (4%); Seattle, Washington (.5%); and Golden, Colorado (1 %), with an estimated completion date of January 2021.
Research and development funds in the amount of $1.15 million are being obligated at the time of the award. This contract is a competitive acquisition in accordance with the original Broad Agency Announcement, HR00111-9-S-0040. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the contracting activity (HR0011-20-C-0050).
DARPA Manta Ray UUV Program
DARPA’s Manta Ray program seeks to demonstrate critical technologies for a new class of long duration, long-range, payload-capable UUVs. If successful, this new class of UUV will give the combatant commander an amplification of capacity without disrupting current operations by remaining independent of manned vessels and ports once deployed.
Manta Ray is a multi-phase effort that includes at-sea demonstration of critical technologies.
The Manta Ray program plans to advance key technologies that will benefit future UUV designs, including, but not limited to:
• Novel energy management techniques for UUV operations and undersea energy harvesting techniques at operationally relevant depths;
• Low-power, high efficiency undersea propulsion systems;
• New low-power means of underwater detection and classification of hazards or counter detection threats;
• Mission management approaches for extended durations while accounting for dynamic maritime environments;
• Unique approaches for leveraging existing maritime data sets and exploiting novel maritime parameters for high-efficiency navigation and/or C3; and
• New approaches to mitigate biofouling, corrosion, and other material degradation for long duration missions.
The program is using a disciplined systems engineering approach to define demonstration system objectives and identify enabling technologies needed for future systems, according to DARPA.