(25) In the discussion that follows, it is often the LDUUV
, including future developments thereof, that we have in mind when we discuss the issues raised by the prospect of armed autonomous UUVs.
"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 deep-ocean testing, LDUUV's next milestone is the integration of new sensors and payloads.
The CCS sent pre-planned missions, via radio link, to the LDUUV's autonomous controller and displayed vehicle status information to the operators during the test.
Caption: A surrogate Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (LDUUV) prepares in December 2015 to test the capability of the Navy's Common Control System (CCS) at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport in Puget Sound, Wash.
An open ocean demonstration of a LDUUV
prototype is slated for next year, said Rear Adm.
"The creation of LDUUV is intended to act as a significant force multiplier for the U.S.
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.