Long-Endurance Autonomous USV Under Development for DARPA

By Mike Ball / 05 Mar 2021
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L3Harris Technologies has been selected by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to design a new concept for an autonomous USV (unmanned surface vessel) that will be used as a feasibility study into extended-duration missions.

The program, known as No Manning Required Ship (NOMARS), is divided into two phases. L3Harris’ design concept will streamline NOMARS’ construction, logistics, operations and maintenance life-cycle. The company has teamed with naval architects VARD Marine to validate the concept and design of the architecture and hull, mechanical and electrical systems.

The USV design features an advanced operating system that can make decisions and determine actions on its own without direct human interaction. This concept will optimize autonomous surface vessel operations to support the U.S. Navy’s future missions.

L3Harris has to date delivered over 125 USVs and optionally manned vehicles to customers around the world, including U.S and international navies, universities, research institutions and commercial businesses.

Sean Stackley, President of Integrated Mission Systems at L3Harris, commented: “L3Harris continues to pioneer innovative autonomous solutions that offer fully automated and integrated ship control and preventative maintenance systems to the U.S. Navy and its allies. The NOMARS program selection reinforces our commitment to deliver highly reliable and affordable autonomous solutions that transform the way the U.S. Navy conducts its future missions.”

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact