The Navy will host a three-day workshop for industry on the
development of Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs) and related technologies for
Anti-Submarine Warfare Oct. 18-20 in Washington, DC.
The workshop will be a forum for government-industry discussions on control
systems, sensors, unmanned operations and the adaptations of small craft
design for support of Littoral Combat Ships missions. The workshop falls
under the auspices of the July 11broad agency announcement
USVs offer capability for anti-submarine warfare and other warfare missions.
Recent USV research and development efforts include the Spartan Scout
Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration, and the ASW Mission Module USV
Advanced Developmental Model. The Navy has experimented with USV platforms
and will discuss their results in this forum. The Navy plans to award a new
24-month contract to develop, fabricate and test two prototype USV platforms
and related support equipment.
Key government organizations involved in the upcoming USV workshop are: The
Program Executive Office
, Littoral and Mine Warfare's (PEO LMW) Mission
Modules Program Office (PMS 420); the Space and Naval Warfare Systems center
in San Diego, Calif.; the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport Division;
and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division's Norfolk and Panama
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