2017 we reported on the Boeing Echo Voyager autonomous unmanned submarines and
now, big brother is here. It comes in the form of the Orca Extra Large Unmanned
Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs) built for a host of applications.
Navy awarded Boeing with a US$43 million contract to build four Orca’s and the support
gear. Boeing partnered with Huntington Ingalls Industries to develop the 51-ft
(15.5 m) long unmanned undersea vehicles which will operate in the open ocean.
This is largely thanks to next-level autonomous navigation systems and a fuel
module that gives the Orca an incredible range of 6,500 nm (7,480 mi / 12,038
get a real idea of the engineering ingenuity of the Orca, let’s recap on the Boeing
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