LDUUVLarge Displacement Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (US Navy)
LDUUVLarge Diameter Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (US Navy)
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We're really excited about LDUUV," he said at a recent conference hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.
Winter said: LDUUV has "been a phenomenal exploration and experimentation bed that has allowed us to focus on advances of power and energy, of reliability and of autonomy and autonomous maneuvering.
Besides LDUUV, the Office of Naval Research is working on other systems such as the Ghost Swimmer, a stealthy autonomous underwater vehicle that resembles a fish that can be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, clandestine sensor positioning and as a communication relay in denied areas.
Key areas in the development of the LDUUV include greater autonomy and the creation of efficient fuel cells that will facilitate long-term submersion, he said.
The Navy struck funding for the LDUUV from both the fiscal 2012 and 2013 budgets.