Extra Large Unmanned
Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV)

Orca - Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV)


Lockheed Martin is designing Orca, the U.S. Navy’s Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV). Orca is being designed to support multiple critical missions.

This long-range autonomous system will have the payload capability to perform a variety of missions, including intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; mine countermeasures; indication and warning notification; as well as serve as an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training platform. These systems can be used for long-endurance surveillance and to deliver other payloads.


Lockheed Martin’s solution leverages its expertise in the integration of proven and open architecture solutions, which enable reliable operations, lifecycle benefits and answering the U.S. Navy’s call for affordable, modular solutions that can be reconfigured based on emerging needs. Orca is in support of a Joint Emerging Operational Need, so delivering it on schedule is paramount. With Lockheed Martin’s experienced and industry leading team, we are able to support the Navy’s schedule needs.


Lockheed Martin has over four decades of experience in unmanned and robotic systems for air, land and sea. From the depths of the ocean to the rarified air of the stratosphere, Lockheed Martin’s unmanned systems help our military customer accomplish their most difficult challenges.

Lockheed Martin has a unique position in the market, as we offer a portfolio of different systems for unmanned air, ground, sea and undersea operations.  Many missions will require advanced system capabilities, and we are engineering the future in many creative ways.

Last year, in a testament to the versatility and adaptability that its unmanned systems bring to complex missions, Lockheed Martin successfully launched Vector Hawk, a small, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), on command from the Marlin MK2 autonomous Undersea vehicle (AUV) during a cross-domain command and control event with autonomous systems hosted by the U.S. Navy. In addition to Marlin and Vector Hawk, the Submaran, an autonomous environmentally powered vehicle developed by Ocean Aero, provided surface reconnaissance, surveillance and multi-domain communications.

Lockheed Martin sees an expanding set of missions for unmanned systems in both the military and intelligence markets and the commercial/civil markets. Our goal is to satisfy this ever growing set of requirements, while continuing to support our current customers, and to do this with an open architecture-based and interoperable portfolio of systems, sub-systems and control technologies. 


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