Alion Secures U.S. Navy Unmanned Undersea Vehicles Deal
Alion Science and Technology has received an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) multiple award contract (MAC) from the Department of Navy, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, Rhode Island.
The contract, worth $794 million with all option years, is to develop, build, and support the U.S. Navy Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) Family of Systems (FoS).
The scope of the contract covers systems and subsystems required to support the advancement of UUV FoS, including current UUV systems and subsystems, as well as, any future UUV systems and subsystems.
Alion will design, develop, fabricate, test, install, document and deliver rapid prototype material solutions associated with the products, systems, subsystems, ancillary and peculiar support equipment, and the development of Navy UUVs.
UUVs encompass those unmanned undersea systems, both tethered and non-tethered, which can operate independently from, or in concert with, submarines and surface ships.
“The ability to deploy unmanned vehicles with sensors that can covertly survey a contested environment and detect threats sooner, will provide the host platform an advanced situational awareness that increases the effectiveness of their tactical decision making with less risk to fleet personnel,” said Vince Stammetti, senior vice president of Alion.
“In addition, the relatively low cost of a UUV as compared to the cost of building a ship, provides the Navy a low cost, force multiplier alternative. Under the FoS contract, the Navy has tasked industry to use their imagination to find even more ways to use them to increase capabilities.”