Underwater robotics company, Aquabotix, has announced that it has been accepted as a member of the Undersea Technology Innovation Consortium (UTIC), joining a select list of leaders in undersea technologies, including Northrop Grumman and Raytheon.
Based in Sydney and Fall River, Massachusetts, USA, Aquabotix manufactures and sells commercial and industrial-grade underwater drones for commercial, high-end consumer and military applications. It is also the first company globally that is offering commercially-available swarming underwater drones.
Aquabotix CEO, Whitney Million, said the UTIC membership will enable Aquabotix to rapidly develop its defence and security technologies for the United States and allied nations.
“We expect that Aquabotix’s innovative offerings and agility as a small business paired with the support of and collaboration with the U.S. Government and other larger defence companies through this Consortium will expand our reach and provide us with important funding opportunities,” she said.
UTIC brings together industry and government with a goal of enabling collaborative and rapid development, prototyping, testing, and commercialisation of innovative undersea and maritime technologies.
In June 2018, UTIC was awarded the Other Transaction Authority (“OTA”) agreement for Undersea Technology Innovation by the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Centre. The OTA enables the Consortium members to engage in a broad range of undersea and maritime development and prototyping activities and allows for the delivery of new technology faster and more efficiently than traditional U.S. federal acquisition requirements might permit.