Boeing has successfully delivered the initial Orca Extra Large Uncrewed Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV) to the U.S. Navy, marking the conclusion of acceptance testing last month. Designated as “Orca” by the Navy, this XLUUV represents a novel class of autonomous submarines capable of undertaking extended-duration critical missions, contributing to achieving undersea maritime dominance in dynamic and contested waters.

“This is the culmination of more than a decade of pioneering work, developing a long-range, fully autonomous undersea vehicle with a large payload capacity that can operate completely independently of a host vehicle,” said Ann Stevens, Boeing Maritime and Intelligence Systems Vice President. “I’ve had the distinct pleasure of witnessing our team bring this first-of-its-kind capability to life, and I’m proud of their innovation, perseverance, and unwavering commitment, which has yielded the most advanced and capable UUV in the world. With the Navy’s partnership, we look forward to continuing to deliver this game-changing vehicle to the fleet.”

The delivery of the Navy’s first-ever Orca XLUUV Test Asset System, XLE0, is the culmination of nearly a decade’s worth of research, design, manufacturing, and testing by the Program Executive Office for Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC) and the Unmanned Maritime Systems Program Office (PMS 406).

“This has been a very busy year for the XLUUV team, and their hard work is culminating in delivery of the Navy’s first-ever unmanned diesel-electric submarine,” said Capt. Scot Searles, program manager of the Unmanned Maritime Systems (PMS 406) program office. “We look forward to continued success with our Boeing teammates in fielding this important capability for the warfighter.”

In collaboration with the Navy, Orca has successfully undergone various phases of at-sea testing, showcasing its unique capabilities through above and below-surface maneuvers.

Boeing’s expertise in building and operating undersea vehicles, spanning over 50 years, has culminated in the development of Orca. The journey began in 2012 with the design and development of Echo Voyager, a proof-of-concept Extra Large Uncrewed Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV). Echo Voyager, the world’s singular vehicle of its size and capability, commenced at-sea testing in 2017 and served as a precursor to the U.S. Navy’s Orca XLUUV competition. Remarkably, Echo Voyager has autonomously operated for over 10,000 hours at sea, covering hundreds of nautical miles. (Press Release)

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