The Navy's Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (LDUUV) program has announced plans for an Oct. 16 industry information day. The event, which will be at the secret level, is being organized by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division in Newport, RI, in support of Naval Sea Systems Command.
The service's information dominance directorate (N2/N6) at the Pentagon has identified a need for unmanned undersea vehicles providing persistent intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance and offensive capabilities that can offload missions from other platforms, according to a recent Federal Business Opportunities notice.
The LDUUV System is envisioned to be an unmanned system that can be transported to and deployed from worldwide port facilities, or carried by and deployed from Navy platforms such as Littoral Combat Ships, Ohio-class submarines that have been converted to carry conventional cruise missiles rather than nuclear missiles, and Virginia-class attack submarines. "The LDUUV System must have sufficient range and endurance to provide the fleet with a capability to autonomously complete missions in the current mission set and expected future missions under development," the notice states.
The industry day will be an "all-day event focused on the LDUUV System projected technical requirements, current assessment of technology maturity, and expected program details," the notice adds.