Elbit America wins contract by NIWC Pacific to develop autonomous system to track maritime target

According to a PR published by Elbit America on June 28, 2023, the firm has been awarded a prime contract by the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific (NIWC Pacific) to develop and demonstrate an autonomous maritime target tracking capability as part of the United States Navy’s Information Warfare Research Project (IWRP). The company will test its prototype in a series of at sea demonstrations over the next twelve months.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Artist rendering of an autonomous system to track maritime targets. (Picture source: Elbit America)

The IWRP supports implementation of the Naval Operational Architecture to enable Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2), and ensure connectivity of U.S. and allied forces across land, air, sea, space, and cyberspace.

Elbit America’s autonomy prototype will extend the reach of those forces by leveraging attritable systems to covertly find, fix and track maritime targets, as directed by operational commanders.

Elbit America’s prototype includes various solutions and expertise from across its enterprise, including Sparton and Logos Technologies subsidiaries, as well as partners, Alare Technologies, and Nauticus Robotics. The prototype leverages unique autonomy, artificial intelligence, automatic target recognition, and undersea payload delivery capabilities.

About the NIWC Pacific

The Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific (NIWC Pacific) is a key technical institution of the U.S. Navy, strategically located in San Diego, California, with detachments spread across the Pacific in locations like Hawaii, Guam, and Japan.

This center acts as the primary conduit for delivering and supporting integrated command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems, as well as cyber and space capabilities for the U.S. Navy.