Sea Machines Bags $3.1 Million Contract for US Navy Autonomous Supply Stations
Autonomous command and control systems developer Sea Machines Robotics announced it has advanced its multi-year Other Transaction (OT) agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). Phase 2 of the multiphase contract delegates $3.1 million to the deployment of a full-scale oceangoing replenishment platform.
In October 2020, Boston-based Sea Machines was enlisted by the DoD to engineer, build and demonstrate ready-to-deploy system kits that transform existing commercial barges to platforms capable of landing and replenishing military aircraft. It is now transitioning from the proof of concept stage to the design and trial stage, bringing the prototype equipment kits to life.
Engineered to increase logistical options through expanding the supply of shipping, the modular kits being prototyped will include Sea Machines’ SM300 autonomous command and control systems. Each will meet U.S. Navy criteria and will be in compliance with classifications and regulations from the DOD’s aviation bodies.
“As a leading developer of autonomous control systems, Sea Machines is bringing innovation and modern design to the DoD,” said Michael Johnson, CEO of Sea Machines. “The extension of our contract represents the intersection of traditional sectors, such as government, and the capabilities of autonomous technology. Our extended contract represents the confidence the DoD has in our technology and ability to deliver.”
The end goal of this project is to successfully deploy the Sea Machine autonomous control kit on multiple barges. This will increase DoD’s agility in deploying and replenishing assets around the world.
“This program is a perfect example of autonomous technology opening up new operational capabilities and leveraging new technology for operational advantages,” continued Michael Johnson, CEO of Sea Machines. “Sea Machines is an independent U.S.-made start-up providing real-world high-tech solutions to the United States Department of Defense and competing alongside and with the multi-Billion legacy defense contractors.”
Assisting Sea Machines in the deployment of this project is FOSS Maritime, a maritime transportation and logistics provider based in Seattle. FOSS is responsible for providing the naval architecture, support engineering, and operations management to outfit a remotely commanded deck barge to land helicopters and host a scaled fueling station for aircraft, surface vessels, and shore replenishment.