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Navy issues RFP for Snakehead underwater drone

Written by Marine Log Staff
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The Navy’s Program Executive Office Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC) reports that the Navy has released a request for proposals (RFP) on for the design, development, and fabrication of the Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (LDUUV) program, also known as Snakehead.

It will be the largest underwater drone that Navy submarines can deploy.

With this solicitation, says PEO USC, the government plans to competitively award a contract to a single vendor for fabrication of two prototype vehicles in fiscal year (FY) 2021. Proposals are expected in early 2021.

Snakehead is a long-endurance, multi-mission UUV, deployed from submarine large open interfaces, with the capability to deploy reconfigurable payloads. It is the largest UUV intended for hosting and deployment from submarines, and has been designated a Maritime Accelerated Acquisition.

The LDUUV will achieve full integration with submarines equipped with Modernized Dry Deck Shelter and Payload Handling Systems. Initial vehicles will be designed to support Intelligence Preparation of the Operating Environment (IPOE) missions. Future vehicle missions may include deployment of various payloads.

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