With the ocean covering more than 70 percent of the world’s surface and maritime transit being the cornerstone of international commerce, the Department of the Navy has an operational need for small Unmanned Surface Vehicle (sUSV) interceptors.

The sUSV interceptor should be capable of autonomously navigating over hundreds of miles through disputed waters, remaining in a designated operational zone to monitor maritime surface threats, and rapidly intercepting a noncooperative, maneuvering vessel. Interceptors must operate in coordinated groups, executing intricate autonomous behaviors that adjust to the dynamic and evasive maneuvers of the targeted vessel.

The interceptor will play a crucial role in ensuring the security of waterways and shipping routes that promote the freedom, prosperity, connectivity, and security of the billions of people on the planet. Unrestricted access to the global maritime commons is essential in the 21st century, and deploying advanced ocean-going vehicles is key to safeguarding freedom of navigation, benefiting the United States and its allies and partners worldwide.

A highly desired attribute of the sUSV interceptor will be to carry a readily deployable small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) to help search for and localize vessels of interest and for other supporting missions.

For primary, secondary, and tertiary attributes, as collaborative multi-agent autonomy solution attributes and other important information related to this opportunity, please visit Production-ready, Inexpensive Expeditionary (PRIME) Small Unmanned Surface Vehicle (sUSV) and Collaborative Intercept Capability on the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) website.

Post Image- The unmanned surface vessel Ranger transits underneath the Sydney Harbor bridge during a scheduled port visit during Integrated Battle Problem (IBP) 23.2, Oct 24, 2023. IBP 23.2 is a Pacific Fleet exercise to test, develop, and evaluate the integration of unmanned platforms into fleet operations to create warfighting advantages. (Image Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Pierson Hawkins)