Full-Size Manta Ray UUV Prototype Assembled

Northrop Grumman has completed the full-size assembly of the Manta Ray extra-large uncrewed underwater vehicle at the company’s Annapolis facility in Maryland By Sarah Simpson / 10 Apr 2024
Manta Ray UUV Prototype Assembled
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Northrop Grumman Corporation has completed the assembly of a full-size uncrewed underwater vehicle (UUV) prototype known as Manta Ray.

A new class of UUV, Manta Ray is an extra-large glider that will operate long-duration, long-range and payload-capable undersea missions without the need for on-site human logistics.

Employing ground-breaking technology to create strategic surprise, the Manta Ray was built through a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program aimed at advancing key technologies to benefit future UUV designs, including techniques to:

  • Manage energy
  • Increase payload capacity
  • Enable low-power propulsion
  • and more

Energy-saving, with the ability to anchor to the seafloor and hibernate in a low-power state, the Manta Ray is modular and designed to be easily shipped in five standard shipping containers, in order to support expeditionary deployment and in-field assembly worldwide.

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