Navy Selects Boeing, Lockheed for Orca XLUUV Designs
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
WASHINGTON — The Navy has selected Boeing and Lockheed Martin to submit technical data packages for its planned Orca Extra-Large Unmanned Underwater vehicle (XLUUV) program, the next step in fielding an independently operating UUV.
Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded contracts to Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems and the Boeing Co. worth $43.2 million and $42.3 million, respectively, for “design efforts of the Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle system and delivery of a technical data package. This award represents Phase I of a competitive two-phased acquisition approach,” the Sept. 28 contract announcement said
The Orca XLUUV “will be an industry effort,” Capt. Jon Rucker, the Navy’s program manager for unmanned maritime systems, told Seapower last month. “The goal is to have two design contracts with down-select in the first quarter of [fiscal ‘19] to one of those vendors to produce up to five vehicles.”
Under the fiscal 2018 budget plan, the first Orca vehicle to be delivered from industry to the government to start its testing by the end of [fiscal] ‘20,” Rucker said.