Teledyne Technologies has been awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract by the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center to supply autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).
The initial 2019 value of the contract is approximately £4.3m ($5.4m) and has a maximum value of £17.9m ($22.2m) through December 2024, if all contract options are exercised.
The vehicles are capable of carrying out survey missions for commercial, scientific and defence applications.
Teledyne AUVs’ modular architecture enables sensors to be easily integrated and battery packs to be exchanged in the field.
In addition to powered, self-propelled AUVs, Teledyne provides autonomous profiling floats, variable-buoyancy autonomous gliding vehicles, unmanned surface vehicles and inspection-class remotely operating vehicles (ROVs).
Al Pichelli, president and CEO, commented: “For more than a decade, Teledyne has been the leading provider of autonomous underwater gliding vehicles to the U.S. Government. We are exceptionally pleased now to have received our first significant order from the U.S. Navy for Teledyne’s self-propelled autonomous underwater vehicles.”