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Release No: 198-96
April 09, 1996


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) today announced theselection of 11 new projects for negotiation as a result of the FY 1996MARITECH competition. Combined, these 11 projects are expected to receive atotal of $15.3 million in Federal FY 1996 funding. Now in its third year, thefive-year MARITECH program is a Federal effort to develop and apply advancedtechnology to improve the competitiveness of the U.S. shipbuilding industry andthereby develop and preserve a capability for affordable Navy ship andsubmarine construction.

The projects were selected from a total of 36 proposals received, and includeseven major U.S. shipbuilding companies. The selected projects include fourefforts in advanced technology development applications for dramaticimprovements in shipyard management and seven projects for near-term design andconstruction projects.

MARITECH is matching industry investment with Federal funds on a competitivebasis to develop and implement technologies and advanced processes forcompetitive ship design, marketing, construction, and support.MARITECH-developed technologies and processes will be applied to Navysubmarines and combatants, resulting in improved ship performance and moreaffordable ship acquisition for the U.S. military. The MARITECH-developedtechnologies and processes now being implemented in the shipbuilding industrywill result in long-term effects that:

· preserve the shipbuilding industrial infrastructure for futuremobilization contingencies; e.g., shipways, skilled artisans, and marinesupplier base;

· ensure affordable Navy ship construction using world-class,Navy-applicable, commercial shipbuilding processes and technologies; and

· facilitate the U.S. shipbuilding industry's reentrance into theburgeoning international commercial market during a period of reduced Navyconstruction.

A full list of selected proposals and companies is attached.

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