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Razor configuration

Platform: Razor
Manufacturer: Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport
Scientific User: Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport


Razor is a two-man portable non-cylindrical multi-mission unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) developed for Harbor Defense missions including the swimmer interdiction, bottom surveys and hull inspections. The vehicle’s modular design provides a core suite of systems supporting navigation, field replenishable energy, high end navigation and propulsion. Razor features unique bio-inspired propulsion in addition to conventional axial thrusters.

Developed through ONR sponsorship, Razor’s bio-inspired propulsion system propels Razor using similar techniques as penguins and turtles. When the vehicle operates in flow fields, these techniques can offer significant energy efficiency over more conventional means of propulsion, thereby leveraging the surrounding environment. Razor’s propulsion systems support both cruising and ROV-like maneuvering including hovering/station keeping. With its maneuvering agility and large payload capacity (> 2 cu Ft)Razor can facilitate improved classification and identification during Search, Classify and Map (SCM) missions with 360 degree sensor coverage of targets of interest.

Physical Specs

  • Platform: Razor Download PDF
  • Body Type: Oblate
  • Size (LxWxH): 1.68m x 0.76m x 0.28m
  • Body Size (LxWxH): 1.68m x 0.76m x 0.28m
  • Hull Material: ABS
  • Weight: Information not available
  • Maximum Depth: 100.00 m
  • Dynamic Buoyancy: No
  • Self-Righting: Yes
  • Obstacle Avoidance: No
  • Endurance (nominal load): 12 hours
  • Manufacturer Website: Link

Primary Missions

  • Beach Survey
  • Coastal Mapping
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Force Protection
  • Harbor and Port Security
  • Hull Inspection
  • Oceanographic Survey
  • Rapid Environmental Assesment

Propulsion System

  • Method: Glider
  • DOF: 6
  • Hovering: Yes
  • Nominal Speed: 0.00
  • Maximum Forward Speed: 0.00

Power System

  • Total Capacity: 0 Wh

Launch and Recovery

  • Hand Held

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