Rite-Solutions selected to help US Navy develop future generations of UUV Family of Systems
A software development, systems engineering, information technology and learning development firm called Rite-Solutions has been selected to participate in a 5-year, $561.2 million contract to help the U.S. Navy develop future generations of its UUV Family of Systems (FoS).
Announced by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, Rhode Island, the contract will develop core technologies in 12 functional areas including payloads, vehicle control, and command and control. Rite-Solutions was one of 23 companies selected to participate in the contract.
“We will focus on three areas: software, architecture, and command and control functionality,” says Mike Coffey, executive vice president and GM at Rite-Solutions.
“Our strength is integrating disparate systems into a single, cohesive system of systems.”
NUWC will release task-order requests for proposal, which participating companies will bid on. Instead of sourcing a finished product—such as a UUV—though, NUWC will receive components from several different companies.
“This contract is a little unique,” Coffey explains. “NUWC is taking a best-of-breed approach to acquiring technologies that will enable them to develop, build and support UUV systems. They will integrate the different technologies in the prototype phases of UUV FoS development, which will establish the baselines for future production.”
Based in Middletown, Rhode Island, Rite-Solutions notes that it is usually a subcontractor to large system developers, but now, it is a prime contractor alongside them.
“We are pleased to be included on this contract, with some of the biggest and most reputable companies in the aerospace and defense industry,” Coffey says.
Overall, the contract has options that could bring the total amount to $794.5 million.