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Northrop completes assembly of ‘Manta Ray’ Navy drone

Northrop Grumman Corporation has announced the completion of a new class of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV), called Manta Ray, at its Annapolis facility.

This full-scale prototype represents a significant advancement in autonomous underwater technology, designed to perform long-distance, sustained missions without the need for on-site human logistics support.

The Manta Ray UUV is a product of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program focused on developing innovative technologies for future underwater vehicles.

The company says these improvements include improved energy management systems, increased payload and low-power propulsion technologies, which are expected to set new benchmarks for the capabilities of unmanned marine vehicles.

The Manta Ray’s design allows it to operate autonomously in the ocean for extended periods, making it ideal for a variety of applications including maritime monitoring, environmental research and strategic military operations below the ocean’s surface.

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