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Northrop Grumman Completes Manta Ray UUV

A full-size prototype of Manta Ray, a new class of Uncrewed Underwater Vehicle, is assembled in Northrop Grumman’s Annapolis facility [© Northrop Grumman]

Northrop Grumman has completed assembly of a full-size Uncrewed Underwater Vehicle (UUV) prototype known as Manta Ray.

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News Release, Annapolis, 08 April 2024: Northrop Grumman Corporation completed assembly of a full-size uncrewed underwater vehicle (UUV) prototype known as Manta Ray. A new class of UUV, it is an extra-large glider that will operate long-duration, long-range and payload-capable undersea missions without need for on-site human logistics.

Manta Ray was built through a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) programme aimed at advancing key technologies to benefit future UUV designs, including techniques to manage energy, increased payload capacity, low-power propulsion and more.

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