Leidos announced on Thursday that the company’s unmanned ship, Sea Hunter, was recently featured in a major demonstration using an advanced senor less than a year after the ship was transited from San Diego to Hawaii with no personnel on board.
"This exercise offered valuable lessons learned on how to take full advantage of a medium unmanned surface vehicle, with no personnel on board," said Nevin Carr, Leidos Navy strategic account executive. "Autonomous vessels, especially when combined with artificial intelligence, have the potential to impact naval warfare in ways yet to be discovered."
The Office of Naval Research project was supported by the Naval Information Warfare Center – Pacific, Naval Undersea Warfare Center-Newport, and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory to explore how unmanned vehicles can be used as a naval force multiplier, and allow warships to be available for other missions.
The exercise also showcased the open architecture and flexibility of Sea Hunter, which has previously hosted a variety of mission payloads, including airborne sensors.
Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended Dec. 2018.