Teledyne Instruments has received a contract from the US Naval Undersea Warfare Center to provide autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).
The indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract also includes the supply of related monitoring and communications acoustic systems.
The contract has a ceiling value of $22.2m including options, with the performance period to run until December 2024. The initial contract is valued at around $5.4m.
Teledyne Technologies president and CEO Al Pichelli said: “For more than a decade, Teledyne has been the leading provider of autonomous underwater gliding vehicles to the US Government.
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“We are exceptionally pleased now to have received our first significant order from the US Navy for Teledyne’s self-propelled autonomous underwater vehicles.”
According to the US Department of Defence (DoD), the contract includes services and supplies to support the ongoing development of AUVs.
Around 90% of the work will be performed in North Falmouth, Massachusetts, while the remaining work will take place in Keyport, Washington.
The DoD said that the contract was procured as a Small Business Innovation Research Phase III award.
AUVs can be used to perform complex survey missions for commercial, scientific, and defence applications.
Teledyne AUVs features a modular design that allows for easier integration of sensors and exchange of battery packs in the field.
The company’s offerings include self-propelled AUVs, autonomous profiling floats, unmanned surface vehicles, inspection-class remotely operating vehicles (ROVs), and variable-buoyancy autonomous gliding vehicles.
Teledyne’s Gavia AUV is comprised of ‘plug-and-play’ AUV modules. The vehicles are capable of operating from ‘vessels of opportunity’.
Teledyne Instruments is a subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies.