The U.S. Navy is partnering with the University of Washington through an agreement to enhance unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) technology research.
This initiative is a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, or CRADA, under authority of the U.S. Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986, allowing technology sharing between Navy and non-Navy collaborators.
“This is a great opportunity to cooperate with local Navy University Affiliated Research Centers that develop leading-edge technologies in acoustics, sensors, and ocean physics,” said Thai Tran, Naval Engineering Education Consortium Director.
The partnership between the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington and NUWC Keyport leverages the UUV Homeport concept, a center for collaborative UUV technology advancement and fleet support at Keyport, Washington.
This agreement is intended to further undersea warfare-based technologies of interest to NUWC Keyport and the University of Washington. The goal of this effort is to collaboratively engage in research-level analyses addressing current and emerging undersea warfare operational challenges, such as UUV sensors, autonomy, and obstacle avoidance experienced by the Navy.