The Navy today issued a solicitation calling for proposals for next year's Advanced Naval Technology Exercise by Dec. 4.
The notice says the 2020 ANTX will include multiple exercises during the year and a final "exercise showcase event" in Newport, RI next "August/September."
"This year's focus is to support the Chief of Naval Operation's (CNO's) Task Force Ocean (TFO) initiative aimed at maintaining the Navy's undersea dominance through the ability to understand and exploit the ocean environment by re-invigorating Navy-relevant ocean science, increasing the Navy's capability and capacity to understand and exploit knowledge of the ocean environment, and better leveraging the full range of science and technology (S&T) development in the United States," the notice reads.
The Navy describes ANTX as a way to bring large and small companies together with members of academia and the military to test new technology.
The Naval Undersea Warfare Center's Keyport and Newport divisions will work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command for next year's ANTX.
The solicitation notes the exercises will allow participants to "test autonomous systems (both in motion and at rest) and related technologies."
The Newport division of NUWC is slated to reveal the ANTX participants by Jan. 17, 2020.