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03:08 AM, February 14, 2019
Boeing Wins $43M Orca Unmanned Undersea Vehicles Modification Contract
Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle System

Boeing is awarded $43 million modification contract for the fabrication, test, and delivery of four Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs) and associated support elements.

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.

The competition for XLUUV requirements is still in source-selection, and therefore the specific contract award amount is considered source-selection sensitive information and will not be made public at this time. Work is expected to be complete by June 2022.

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