HII gets Navy order for new unmanned underwater vehicles
Delivery of two commercial REMUS 300s scheduled for mid-2022
The U.S. Navy has ordered two of Huntington Ingalls Industries’ new unmanned underwater vehicles, the Newport News-based shipbuilding company announced this week.
HII says common applications for the REMUS 300 vehicle, which became commercially available in April, include mine countermeasures, marine resource work and search and recovery efforts.
The underwater drones can be carried by two people, run on lithium-ion batteries, reach speeds of up to 5 knots and can dive to 1,000 feet. Each can perform missions of up to 30 hours.
“REMUS UUVs have been used by the U.S. Navy for their defense operations for more than 20 years,” Duane Fotheringham, president of the Unmanned Systems business group in HII’s Technical Solutions division, said in a statement. “We are pleased to provide them with the new REMUS 300 to support their critical national security missions.”
Delivery is scheduled for mid-2022.