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Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs)

Orca XLUUV are over 54 inches in diameter and have longer ranges and endurance than their smaller large displacement unmanned undersea vehicle (LDUUV). The Navy was working on the LDUUV as the Snakehead Phase I vehicle. Boeing is working with Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] on the Orca, which is based on the Echo Voyager UUV, while Lockheed Martin’s design is based on its Marlin UUV.

The Orca XLUUV will be an open architecture, reconfigurable Unmanned Undersea Vehicle. The Orca XLUUV will be modular in construction with the core vehicle providing guidance and control, navigation, autonomy, situational awareness, core communications, power distribution, energy and power, propulsion and maneuvering, and mission sensors. The Orca XLUUV will have well-defined interfaces for the potential of implementing cost-effective upgrades in future increments to leverage advances in technology and respond to threat changes. The Orca XLUUV will have a modular payload bay, with defined interfaces to support current and future payloads for employment from the vehicle.

Lockheed Martin is supporting the growth of the U.S. Navy’s family of unmanned undersea systems under a contract for Orca. XLUUV Orca is a two phase competition, including an initially awarded design phase and a competitive production phase for up to nine vehicles to meet increasing demands for undersea operational awareness and payload delivery.

Boeing's Echo Voyager is a fully autonomous extra large unmanned undersea vehicle (XLUUV) class UUV that can be used for a variety of missions that were previously impossible due to traditional UUV limitations. Echo Voyager is complete with an extensive internal and external payload volume and available energy capacity, expanding the parameters of what is possible in current unmanned undersea systems. The vehicle’s advanced autonomy enables it to perform at sea for months at a time, delivering a more affordable, mission-capable solution over traditional UUVs. Boeing has designed and operated manned and unmanned deep sea systems since the 1960s, including Rockwell International legacy systems and U.S. Navy support programs. Prior to Echo Voyager, Boeing developed Echo Seeker and Echo Ranger, autonomous and large UUVs as test beds for its current XLUUV.

Echo Voyager’s advanced autonomy allows it to operate effectively in clear and congested waters without physical human contact. Echo Voyager’s range covers 6,500 nm (1 fuel module) allowing the vehicle to perform long endurance operations. Echo Voyager is not launched from or recovered to a support vessel, nor does it require a support vessel for operation. The 51-foot-long vehicle is designed to incorporate a modular payload section for multiple uses up to 34 feet in length and 2000 cubic feet in volume, and can include payloads extending outside of its envelope. The XLUUV’s navigation system features a proven Kalman filtered Inertial Navigation Unit supported by Doppler Velocity Logs and depth sensors offering superior directional accuracy. Powered by a hybrid combination of battery technology and marine diesel generators, Echo Voyager is truly a game-changing platform, capable of performing as a multi-mission system and playing a pivotal role in future force structure.

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The Navy conducted market research under Sources Sought / Request for Information Solicitation Number N00024-16-6314 in accordance with FAR Part 10 to determine if sources capable of satisfy the Navy's anticipated requirement for Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUV) the exist. The Navy is taking an accelerated approach with industry to leverage existing, unmanned undersea vehicle designs that can be modified to rapidly bring additional capabilities to the undersea domain.

To support Navy mission requirements, key attributes of XLUUVs include extended vehicle range and persistence and a reconfigurable, modular payload bay. It is expected that the modular payload bay or bays have a minimum height of 60 inches, minimum length of 125 inches, and total volume of at least 325 cubic feet in order to accommodate multiple deployable payloads and their supporting deployment systems (e.g. buoyancy compensation, deployment hardware, electronics. The payload bay must allow reconfiguration for other missions where the payload may be smaller, but within the payload envelope described above. The XLUUV will transit to an area of operation, loiter with the ability to periodically establish communications, deploy the payloads, and transit home. For the purpose of this RFI, notional straight-line total transit would be 2000 nautical miles. The vehicle should also be untethered.

The objective of this RFI was to assess industry's ability to provide a materiel solution within an accelerated timeframe at an affordable cost. The Navy was seeking information to help determine the interest, technical and manufacturing capabilities, knowledge, experience level, and qualifications of industry to meet the Government's needs to develop and build an XLUUV. The Navy is planning a competitive acquisition approach to XLUUV. NAVSEA issues this RFI to obtain industry input to support the Navy's Unmanned Maritime Systems Program Office (PMS 406) within Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ship. (It should be noted that XLUUV is not associated specifically with the Littoral Combat Ship.) It was desired that respondents identify their mature material solutions, as well as the cost drivers and timeframe, for providing those solutions. It was expected that mature unmanned undersea vehicle solutions will require modifications to support Navy payloads to be specified at a later date.

The RFI of 15 September 2016 Solicitation Number: N00167-16-0001 was different from NAVSEA issued Solicitation Number: N00024-16-6314 (Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUV) Sources Sought/Request for Information. This Sources Sought/Request for Information (RFI) notice is issued by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD), on behalf of the Program Executive Office (PEO) Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), Unmanned Maritime Systems Program Office (PMS 406). The total level of effort for the performance of this contract shall be 300,000 total man-hours of direct labor, including subcontractor direct labor for those subcontractors specifically identified in the Contractor's proposal as having hours included in the proposed level of effort.

The objective of this RFI is to assess industry's ability to provide an existing vehicle for demonstration to inform XLUUV Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs) and Concept of Operations (CONOPS) within an accelerated timeframe at an affordable cost. The Navy is seeking information to help determine the interest, technical ability, and contracting options to partner with industry in this endeavor. The intent is to maximize the number of demonstrations with the amount of budget available. It is desired that respondents identify their mature material solutions, as well as the cost drivers and timeframe, for providing those solutions. It is expected that mature unmanned undersea vehicle solutions will demonstrate in FY17. Navy is seeking the in response to this RFI: What vehicles greater than 21 inches in diameter are available for multi-day demonstration(s) and what is the availability of the UUVs in FY17 and FY18? What innovative or accelerated ways (i.e. contracting arrangements, etc.) would industry partner with the government to support in-water demonstrations?

The 17 Feb 2017 Draft solicitation N00024-17-R-6308 for the Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV) superseded the previous released draft RFP on 23 November 2016. The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) intends to issue a solicitation, N00024-17-R-6308, for the development of the Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV). The XLUUV will be a modular, open architecture (OA), reconfigurable Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV). Prototype vehicles with the capability to interface with mission payloads are planned for delivery. Based upon the complexity, magnitude, and duration of the requirement, the Government's market research indicated there are not two or more small business concerns capable of competing for the requirement as a small business set aside (FAR 19.502-2(b)).

The FY17 budget request included $75.6 million in PE 64536N for research, development, test, and evaluation of advanced undersea prototyping. The Senate Armed Services Committee noted the President’s budget request for this program element provided for the prototyping and testing of extra large unmanned undersea vehicles (XLUUV), including procurement of five vehicles and the lease of one vehicle. Based on the Navy budget justification information, the committee supported the procurement of two XLUUVs and the lease of a second similar vehicle. Understanding the operational need, the committee viewed the risk of developing five XLUUV prototypes concurrently as excessive and supports funding only the two XLUUVs that will begin fabrication in fiscal year 2017. The committee recognizes leasing a commercially available vehicle will enable refinement of tactics, techniques, and procedures. Therefore, the committee recommended a decrease of $34.4 million for this program.

The Navy requested $92.6 million in the FY ’19 budget request to start building two Phase I prototype large displacement unmanned undersea vehicle (LDUUV). However, the Senate bill’s report said the Navy later told the committee it plans to revise and accelerate the LDUUV program by removing Phase II from the acquisition strategy and transition the Phase I design to industry five years early. The LDUUV is an accelerated acquisition program and is being designed to provide persistent intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) as well as anti-submarine capabilities. It is meant to deploy from ports and platforms like the Littoral Combat Ship and Virginia-class attack submarines. The Navy is working on the LDUUV as the Snakehead Phase I vehicle. It was finished last September and is currently undergoing a detailed design.

The U.S. Navy’s Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV) is intended to meet increasing demands for undersea operational awareness and payload delivery. Key attributes include extended vehicle range, autonomy, and persistence. Orca XLUUV will transit to an area of operation; loiter with the ability to periodically establish communications, deploy payloads, and transit home. Orca XLUUV is being designed to support multiple critical missions. This long-range autonomous vehicle will perform a variety of missions. Lockheed Martin’s XLUUV leverages its expertise in the integration of proven, and open, architecture solutions. The modularity of the vehicle enables reliable operations, lifecycle benefits and answers the U.S. Navy’s call for an affordable solution that can be reconfigured based on emerging needs.

This long-range autonomous vehicle will perform a variety of missions, enabled by a reconfigurable payload bay. Key attributes include extended vehicle range, autonomy, and persistence. Orca will transit to an area of operation; loiter with the ability to periodically establish communications, deploy payloads, and transit home. A critical benefit of Orca is that Navy personnel launch, recover, operate, and communicate with the vehicle from a home base and are never placed in harm’s way.

On 28 September 2017 Lockheed Martin Corp., Rotary and Mission Systems, Riviera Beach, Florida, was awarded a $43,177,098 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for design efforts of the Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle system and delivery of a technical data package. This award represents Phase I of a competitive two-phased acquisition approach. The contract includes priced Phase II options which are considered source selection information (see Federal Acquisition Regulation 2.101 and 3.104). Therefore, the cumulative value of this contract, if all options were exercised, will not be made public at this time. Work will be performed in Riviera Beach, Florida (90 percent); Syracuse, New York (5 percent); Manassas, Virginia (2 percent); Marion, Massachusetts (1 percent); Morristown, Pennsylvania (1 percent); and Owego, New York (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by December, 2018. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funding in the amount of $16,553,665 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with three offers received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-17-C-6308).

On 28 September 2017 The Boeing Co., Huntington Beach, California, was awarded a $42,273,919 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for design efforts of the Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle system and delivery of a technical data package. This award represents Phase I of a competitive two-phased acquisition approach. The contract includes priced Phase II options which are considered source selection information (see Federal Acquisition Regulation 2.101 and 3.104). Therefore, the cumulative value of this contract, if all options are exercised, will not be made public at this time. Work will be performed in Huntington Beach, California (69 percent); Groton, Connecticut (9 percent); Centreville, Virginia (8 percent); Camden, New Jersey (8 percent); and Newport News, Virginia (6 percent), and is expected to be completed by December, 2018. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funding in the amount of $16,553,665 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with three offers received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-17-C-6307).

The Boeing Co., Huntington Beach, California, was awarded on February 13, 2019 a $43,000,000 fixed-priced-incentive modification to previously awarded contract N00024-17-C-6307 for the fabrication, test, and delivery of four Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs) and associated support elements. The competition for XLUUV requirements is still in source-selection, and therefore the specific contract award amount is considered source-selection sensitive information (see 41 U.S. Code 2101, et seq., Federal Acquisition Regulation 2.101 and 3.104) and will not be made public at this time.

Work will be performed in Huntington Beach, California (29 percent); Virginia Beach, Virginia (27 percent); Waukesha, Wisconsin (8 percent); East Aurora, New York (7 percent); Concord, Massachusetts (7 percent); Camden, New Jersey (5 percent); Smithfield, Pennsylvania (4 percent); Attleboro, Massachusetts (3 percent); City of Industry, California (3 percent); El Cajon, California (3 percent); Fairfield, New Jersey (2 percent); Ontario, California (1 percent); and Farmingdale, New York (1 percent), and is expected to be complete by June 2022. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test, and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $43,000,000 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.



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