HII CEO: $350M Deal for UUV Maker Hydroid Keeps Shipbuilder In Line With Navy Demand

““Overall, we think unmanned space is going to fundamentally change the Navy going forward,” Petters said at the time. “The intent to try to make ships more lethal, from the Navy standpoint, is something we’re paying closer attention to.” Faced with a manpower challenge and a growing list of subsurface threats, the Navy increased its investment into UUVs as part of as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 budget submission last year. Last February, the Navy called for investing $359 million into new UUVs. “The increase in funding from FY 2019 to FY 2020 includes $182 million for the development, fabrication, and testing of the ORCA Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles and $68 million to support the advancement of Large Diameter Unmanned Undersea Vehicles,” the Navy wrote in its budget brief.” View Article

DOT&E cites need for further Knifefish development

“Based on recent tests, the US Navy’s (USN’s) Surface Mine Countermeasure (SMCM) Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV), or Knifefish, needs more development work, the Pentagon Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) said in its annual report, released on 30 January. The USN recently conducted an operational assessment to evaluate the system’s capability to detect, classify, and identify naval mines that are moored in the ocean volume and that lay on, or are buried in, the ocean bottom, the DOT&E noted. “Test results show that Knifefish requires further development to provide an operationally effective and suitable capability for its intended use,” DOT&E reported, pointing out the navy plans to incrementally upgrade and test Knifefish capability to meet operational needs prior to Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) and fleet introduction to the system.” View Article 

OCEAN INFINITY LAUNCH ‘ARMADA’

Ocean Infinity is excited to announce the launch of a new pioneering marine technology and data company, Armada. Largest fleet of unmanned surface robots and most environmentally sustainable company in the industry. Ocean Infinity is excited to announce the launch of a new pioneering marine technology and data company, Armada. Armada, with a focus on combining technology and sustainability, will initially add fifteen bespoke designed marine robots to Ocean Infinity’s current fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles. View Article

Down to the Sea in USVs

“A family of large, medium, and small USVs will take advantage of new technologies – some only dimly perceived in early 2020 – to provide increased capabilities to the Fleet with reduced construction, maintenance, and manpower. Getting there from today’s fiscal environment is critically important, and there is still much work to do to increase trust and develop CONOPs, but the potential for these unmanned vehicles to transform the future Navy is astounding. “But I got to tell you,” Vice Adm. Richard Brown, commander of Naval Surface Forces and Naval Surface Force Pacific, warned the Surface Navy Association, “the security environment isn’t getting any more secure, it’s getting less secure, and it’s a maritime security environment hands down. And when the United States Navy’s not there, it creates a sucking vacuum and people fill it in. And it’s usually not good people.”” View Article

Multibillion dollar oil and gas boom on Newfoundland’s horizon

“It’s a recipe for an oil and gas bonanza. Start with the staggering 52 billion barrels of oil and 200 trillion cubic feet of gas estimated under the seafloor. Add a dozen of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies, up to a hundred exploratory wells over the coming decade and the potential for jobs galore. The result is a nearly $4-billion race to find the next big energy project off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.” View Article

NOAA launches ‘the next Lewis and Clark expedition’

“NOAA officials say they’re following in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and the nation’s pioneering astronauts. The undertaking is “fairly audacious,” as one top official described it. But the work is already underway, with roughly 40% of the EEZ mapped in recent years. The zone covers more than 13,000 miles of coastline and 3.4 million square nautical miles of ocean.” View Article

Space-tech firm MDA back in Canadian hands with $1B sale to investors including Balsillie

“The space technology firm behind the iconic Canadarm is returning home after being bought by an investor group that includes prominent business leaders John Risley and Jim Balsillie. The $1-billion deal to acquire MDA — once-known as MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates — from Colorado-based Maxar Technologies Inc., will see the company’s headquarters move back to Canada, the group said. Balsillie, the former co-CEO of BlackBerry Inc., is also expected to take a seat on the company’s board of directors.” View Article

Ocean Infinity lines up seismic work in Angola

“The seismic company has recently expanded its fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), while also noting its progress in battery technology. In November, Ocean Infinity said it had reached a milestone in battery technology for AUVs, in partnership with Kraken Robotics. The improved batteries increase possible survey range for an AUV to nearly 700 km, with the vessels able to operate for more than four days without a charge. This has effectively doubled their endurance and capacity, a company official said.” View Article

MAN-PORTABLE SAS: The Future of Shallow Water Surveying

“Mapping of the nearshore and surf zone environments is vital for marine safety, security, and environmental/archeological protection. The conventional method of surveying in shallow water with manned survey vessels is challenging and often hazardous because the risk of running aground is high. Utilizing unmanned vehicles such as Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) significantly reduces the risks while increasing operational efficiency. Man-portable AUVs are quickly becoming recognized as ideal shallow water survey platforms due to their ease of handling and rapid deployment. Operators can deploy several unmanned AUVs at once, which decreases both the deployment and survey time. For shallow water operations, the ideal imaging sonar must fit on a small AUV while providing the sophisticated technology needed to operate in the shallow water environment.” View Article

Unmanned Maritime Systems

“The U.S. Navy’s plans to develop advanced and diverse fleets of unmanned surface and undersea vehicles and vessels clearly demonstrate the service’s growing interest in this emerging area of naval warfare. Unmanned systems will play a signficant role in the future of surface and undersea warfare. Fifty percent of the new ships identified in the Navy’s Surface Capability Evolution Plan (SCEP), which lays out the four major shipbuilding pillars for the future, will be unmanned vessels. Likewise, the Navy’s submarine force envisions manned submarines deploying and operating with growing numbers of extra-large unmanned vehicles that independently deploy from pier-side in future operations.” Sea Technology – Unmanned Maritime Systems

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