The Navy is seeking information from industry about unmanned aerial systems capable of being launched from submarines for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
"The Navy requires the capability of a [submarine-launched unmanned aerial system] with a 3-inch diameter form-factor to provide enhanced sensor, communication and cybersecurity capabilities," according to a public notice published last week.
"Threshold performance of the air vehicle should include electro-optic capability with reliable target solution analysis. The vehicle should remain airborne for at least one hour, operate at ranges out to the line-of-sight radio horizon, and use a variable bandwidth encrypted datalink with at least 256-bit encryption strength," the notice continues.
The service is also interested in the drone's design allowing for modifications to make it suitable for a variety of deployments over the course of the next five years.
The deadline for industry to submit white papers about their capabilities is Nov. 16.