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DARPA BAA 13-39 (Hydra)

August 22, 2013
DARPA BAA 13 39 Hydra

The Hydra program will develop and demonstrate an unmanned undersea system, providing a novel delivery mechanism for insertion of unmanned air and underwater vehicles into operational environments. Situated underwater, Hydra will use modular payloads within a standardized enclosure to enable scalable, cost-effective deployment of rapid response assets and will integrate existing and emerging technologies in new ways to create an alternate means of delivering a variety of payloads close to the point of use. The Hydra program seeks to develop
and demonstrate initial examples of air and undersea payloads while leaving open the potential for accommodating additional payloads in the future.

The rising number of ungoverned states, piracy, and proliferation of sophisticated defenses severely stretches current resources and impacts the nation’s ability to conduct special operations and contingency missions. The Hydra program represents a cost effective way to add undersea capacity that can be tailored to support each mission. Hydra’s communications suite could allow synergistic function with manned platforms, thus increasing their effectiveness, or
could allow remote control from over-the-horizon. Technologies are intended to be adaptable to multiple delivery options, including airborne, surface, and subsurface. The Hydra program will enable other new capabilities not currently performed from undersea.

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USV Payloads for Single Sortie Detect to Engage (SS-DTE) Mine Counter Measures ONR BAA 12-018

July 27, 2012
USV Payloads for Single Sortie Detect to Engage (SS-DTE) Mine Counter Measures ONR BAA 12-018

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is seeking white papers and full proposals describing innovative technology solutions that will enable the Navy to develop an Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV)-based system capable of conducting the three phases of mine hunting operations - mine detection/classification, identification, and neutralization - in a single sortie, to potentially be incorporated as part of a future Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) MCM mission package. There are two distinct but strongly connected new technology products described in this BAA that work together to enable effective planning and conduct of USV-based mine countermeasures (MCM) operations in shallow water environments. These two technology products are:

Product Area 1 - The SS-DTE MCM Payload, will contain the components needed for deployment and retrieval of UUVs, as well as the launch of mine neutralizers aboard a USV, a UUV sustainment system, an interface with the LCS communication system, associated autonomy/automation required to accomplish the SS-DTE task, and the software architecture and software planning tools necessary for payload management and coordinated behaviors.

Product Area 2 - The capability for neutralization of near-surface floating and drifting mines. The primary investment will be to develop the technologies to support a UUV-based capability to prosecute near-surface floating and drifting mines; however, the neutralization system must also be capable of prosecuting bottom and volume mines. As appropriate, this development will utilize a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) for all components of this effort. Ongoing assessment during development cycles will determine level(s) of system openness that best facilitate transition. This will allow upgrades and integration of software components with minimal effort as the roles and capabilities of the USV and its assets improve.

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NavSea Warfare Centers: Technical Capabilities Manual

June 1, 2012
NavSea Warfare Centers: Technical Capabilities Manual

Executive Summary

This document lists and defines the current Technical Capabilities of the NAVSEA Warfare Centers.

The NAVSEA Warfare Centers (WC) are composed of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) and Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC). Together they cohesively and seamlessly operate the Navy's full spectrum research, development, test and evaluation, engineering, and fleet support centers for offensive and defensive systems associated with surface warfare, undersea warfare and related areas of joint, homeland and national defense systems from the sea.

NUWC has two Divisions with the lead locations in Newport RI and Keyport WA. Keyport Division has a second major site, Naval Sea Logistics Center, in Mechanicsburg, PA. NSWC has 8 Divisions with the lead locations in Carderock MD, Corona CA, Crane IN, Dahlgren VA, Indian Head MD, Panama City FL, Port Hueneme CA and EOD Tech Div in Stump Neck MD. Carderock Division has a second major site, Ship Systems Engineering Station, in Philadelphia, PA, and Dahlgren Division has a second major site, Combat Direction Systems Activity, in Dam Neck, Virginia. To accomplish their mission, the Divisions have specific and unique Technical Capabilities (TCs) which describe the work they perform.

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