The U.S. Navy will release the final Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Large Unmanned Surface Vessel (LUSV) program in fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019, according to the service.
The solicitation, N00024-19-R-6314, for the award of multiple conceptual designs of the LUSV was already issued by the Department of Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).
The LUSV will be a high-endurance, reconfigurable ship able to accommodate various payloads for unmanned missions to augment the Navy’s manned surface force. With a large payload capacity, the LUSV will be designed to conduct a variety of warfare operations independently or in conjunction with manned surface combatants. The LUSV will be capable of semi-autonomous or fully autonomous operation, with operators in-the-loop (controlling remotely) or on-the-loop (enabled through autonomy).
On July 16, the U.S. Navy released a request for proposals (RFP) to industry for the development of the Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MUSV).