Oceaneering’s Freedom AUV wins contract from US Defense Department

Feb. 15, 2024
AUV will be examined as potential large displacement unmanned undersea vehicle.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON – Oceaneering says that its Aerospace and Defense Technologies business segment has been awarded a contract by the Defense Innovation Unit, a US Department of Defense organization, for the development and testing of its Freedom autonomous underwater vehicle.

The Freedom AUV will be tested as a potential large displacement unmanned undersea vehicle (LDUUV) prototype for the US Navy’s Program Office for Advanced Undersea Systems.

The contract includes a Manufacturing Readiness Review to assess current production capacity and tradeoffs that could be performed to speed LDUUV capabilities to the fleet.

Oceaneering says that the Freedom AUV recently completed a five-year test and development program, culminating in commercial operations beginning in 2023. 





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