Huntington Ingalls Industries & Boeing team up for U.S. Navy's large UUV program
ARLINGTON, Va. Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) and Boeing representatives are teaming up to design and produce Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUVs) in support of the U.S. Navy’s Extra Large UUV program.
“This partnership provides the Navy a cost-effective, low-risk path to meet the emergent needs that prompted the Navy’s Advanced Undersea Prototyping program,” says Darryl Davis, president, Boeing Phantom Works. “We are combining Boeing’s preeminent UUV maritime engineering team with our nation’s leading shipbuilder and Navy technical services company to get operational vehicles to the Navy years ahead of the standard acquisition process.”
Boeing is currently testing the UUV Echo Voyager off the Southern California coast. The vehicle is designed for multiple missions and could include a modular payload bay of up to 34 feet. Echo Voyager is fully autonomous, requiring no support vessel for launch or recovery, enabling operation at sea for months before returning to port.
The partnership will leverage design and production facilities in Huntington Beach, California, Newport News, Virginia, and Panama City, Florida, and will offer access to all of the expertise and capability of Boeing and HII.
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