Boeing: Orca undersea vehicle dives in for latest testing [VIDEO]

Source: Boeing (By Sean Hadley)

Orca, Boeing’s extra-large uncrewed undersea vehicle (XLUUV) program with the U.S. Navy, recently completed its first phase of at-sea testing with a series of autonomous subsea maneuvers.

The long-endurance Orca XLUUV is designed to operate autonomously for extended periods — significantly enhancing its operational range and effectiveness in challenging maritime environments.




“With each at-sea testing milestone reached, the Maritime & Intelligence Systems (MI&S) team moves closer to delivering operational XLUUV capability to the U.S. Navy,” said Ann Stevens, vice president of M&IS.

Boeing has developed autonomous undersea vehicles and technology since the 1970s, collaborating with the U.S. Navy and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on a number of underwater vehicle projects in recent years.

The M&IS team integrates a 34-foot (10.4-meter) payload section and continues at-sea activities with Orca.



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