US Navy Orders Production of Hydroid AUV's
Hydroid littoral battlespace sensing Autonomous Unverwater Vehicles (AUV's) enter full rate production for SPARWAR.
Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime and a leading manufacturer of AUV's, announce that its contract to provide Littoral Battlespace Sensing (LBS) AUVs to the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) has moved directly from the Engineering Development Model (EDM) phase to full rate production (FRP).
The decision to make the rare move from the EDM phase directly to FRP was made by the U.S. Navy’s Milestone Decision Authority (MDA), the Navy’s Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I), after more than a year of extensive testing and evaluation determined that Hydroid’s LBS-AUV systems were ready for deployment. In response to the MDA’s approval, SPAWAR has ordered the immediate production of three LBS AUVs (REMUS 600s) and one Shipset, including a launch and recovery system (LARS), a LARS flat rack, a mission van, a maintenance van and vehicle support equipment.
The AUVs ordered by SPAWAR will be equipped with advanced technologies for the collection of oceanographic and meteorological data, as well as technologies for processing and dissemination of these data. This technology will enable superior decision-making based on information collected by a system of networked sensors and shared through a network of interoperable Naval and Joint networks information systems. These on-board instruments will accurately catalogue a wide variety of environmental parameters, and provide environmental data that will play a critical role in supporting worldwide Navy requirements.
The ultimate end user of these AUVs is the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO), which acquires and analyses global ocean and littoral data to provide operationally significant products and services to all elements within the Department of Defense.