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Leidos Secures $95 Million Contract from U.S. Navy to Manage Uncrewed Surface Vessels
By Sea and Coast | 30/08/2023
Leidos, a prominent tech major, has secured a fresh task order extension from the Naval Sea Systems Command. This order pertains to the oversight of operations, maintenance, and management of the U.S. Navy's medium-sized unmanned surface vessels (USVs), known as Overlord's USVs.
The task order, awarded as a single contract, encompasses a base performance phase spanning one year, along with the provision for two additional year-long options. Should all options be exercised, the maximum potential value of the task order amounts to approximately $95 million.
Gerry Fasano, the President of Leidos Defense Group, emphasized that Leidos is at the forefront of ushering in a new era in naval operations. He noted the company's unparalleled expertise and experience in the domain of autonomous vessel design and operations. Leidos has already delivered four operational medium USV platforms to the Navy, marking a significant contribution to their endeavors.
The primary objective of the task order is to advance the Navy's USV capabilities and seamlessly integrate these vessels into distributed maritime operations. Dave Lewis, Senior Vice President of Leidos Defense Group and manager of Maritime Systems operations, stressed the transformative potential of this technology. He highlighted its capacity to not only operate independently but also extend the operational reach of crewed vessels. The commitment to supporting the Navy on this critical journey into the future is a shared goal.
Leidos has a proven track record, having already provided four functional medium-sized USVs to the Navy's fleet: Sea Hunter, Ranger, Mariner, and Seahawk. This new contract will further enhance Leidos' proficiency in the management and operation of USVs, contributing to the ongoing maintenance and evolution of these vessels within the Navy's fleet.