SeeByte awarded Naval Sea Systems Command contract to support MK18 UUV Family of Systems
After being awarded a Naval Sea Systems Command contract worth $22.59M over five years, SeeByte will provide engineering, technical support, and training services for the MK18 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Family of Systems (FoS).
Thanks to the award, the government will be able to easily execute task orders with SeeByte “for the provision of various supplies and services,” including upgrades to the SeeTrack Common Operator Interface for Navy (COIN) EOD software modules, purchasing autonomy software (SeeByte’s Neptune autonomy engine) licenses for MK18 UUVs, and developing Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) modules, just to name a few things.
The reasoning for selecting SeeByte was outlined in the award notice, as it stated, “the most crucial selection criterion was the applications inherent open architecture, providing the ability to interface with 3rd party equipment for data transfer and reporting.”
An “open-architecture platform solution that can be easily adapted for specific user needs,” SeeTrack was developed as a “mission-planning, monitoring, post-processing and reporting tool,” and it has been successfully deployed on several surveys, military and security operations and scientific experiments.
SeeByte’s Neptune software is an “open architecture programme enabling autonomous multi-vehicle collaboration,” and it also includes behaviors “capable of adapting the mission based on changes in the environment, assets and mission objectives.” These capabilities will be beneficial for future unmanned operations.