Leidos Inc. is carrying out a range of tests of sensors and command-and-control systems planned for integration on board the Sea Hunter, a 132-foot ship the company has built that will operate autonomously to conduct antisubmarine warfare (ASW) and possibly other Navy missions.
In late 2012 Leidos, then SAIC, won a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract under DARPA’s Antisubmarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program to develop and build an autonomous trimaran for the ACTUV mission. DARPA had awarded concept exploration contracts to SAIC, Northrop Grumman, and QinetiQ earlier, expecting the teams to propose unmanned semisubmersible vessels to counter extremely quiet diesel-powered submarines.
The ACTUV is required to deploy for 60 to 90 days without needing maintenance nor human control.
SAIC reorganized in September 2013, resulting in the establishment of Leidos, which retained SAIC’s national security programs.