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[*] posted on 25-3-2020 at 06:35 PM


USN adopts modular approach for SUUV programme

Nishant Kumar, Bangalore - Jane's International Defence Review

25 March 2020

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has moved ahead with efforts to introduce a new unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) capability for the US Navy (USN) following the selection of two prototypes for further testing.

The DoD’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) awarded two separate contracts for industry to supply prototype UUVs and mission-specific payloads for USN evaluation under the Next Generation Small-Class UUV (SUUV) programme.


Hydroid has supplied the new REMUS 300 to the US Navy for further testing. (Hydroid)

This programme will provide a common baseline small UUV that could be easily configured to fulfil the requirements of several USN user communities. According to the DoD’s fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget request, delivery of prototypes will occur within the second quarter of the FY.

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[*] posted on 27-3-2020 at 09:01 PM


27 March 2020 News

HHI acquires underwater technology company Hydroid



Hydroid builds autonomous underwater vessels and sells them to military and commercial markets. Credit: KONGSBERG.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has completed its previously announced acquisition of underwater technology company Hydroid from Kongsberg Maritime for $350m.

HII and Kongsberg Maritime have also formed a strategic alliance to provide naval and maritime products and services to the US Government and the global markets.

The acquisition was announced last month and broadens HII’s capability to develop autonomous and unmanned maritime systems.

Hydroid will also become part of HII’s Technical Solutions Unmanned Systems business unit, which includes unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) such as the Orca.

Orca is developed in partnership with Boeing and Proteus.

The acquisition means HII now has capabilities in the medium and small UUV space from the Remus, as well as Seaglider autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) or marine robots.

HII executive vice-president and Technical Solutions president Andy Green said: “The combination of HII and Hydroid brings together the full range of UUVs.

“Combined, we can now offer a comprehensive suite of autonomous underwater vehicle systems that address our customers’ needs.

“While this is a perfect complement to our existing UUV business, more importantly, it brings together brilliant and talented people who are at the leading edge of unmanned systems technology.”

Hydroid’s UUV delivers sensors to sensitive areas and collects data in all operational environments. The company’s vehicles have also been involved with undersea mine countermeasures.

Hydroid has been providing solutions to the US Navy and its allies with combat-proven UUVs across the world. Its services are used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance applications.

Previously serving as Hydroid president and chairman of the board, Duane Fotheringham will now serve as Unmanned Systems president.

Former Technical Solution unmanned maritime systems senior director Mary White will serve as new Unmanned Systems business vice-president of operations and strategy.
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