L3 Technologies announced on 24 September it has acquired ASV Global, LLC, a manufacturer of unmanned surface vessels (USV) and autonomous vessel control systems.
This acquisition strategically enhances L3’s full spectrum of unmanned maritime capabilities, including integrated anti-submarine warfare (ASW) solutions, future surface combatant unmanned off-board sensors, and integrated unmanned surface and undersea vessel (USV/UUV) operations. The new company will be known as L3 ASV.
“Autonomous capabilities for surface ships and undersea vessels are top priorities for our naval and commercial maritime customers, and we are increasing our investments to lead in this strategic growth area and strengthen L3’s position as a leading supplier of maritime solutions,” commented L3’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Christopher E Kubasik. “The addition of L3 ASV enables us to deliver both unmanned surface and undersea vehicle technologies to an expanded international customer base and take a prime contractor position on major unmanned systems.”
Based in Louisiana and the United Kingdom, L3 ASV delivers surface vessels in a range of sizes, currently 10-42ft, with proprietary software and control systems and proven unmanned system autonomy architectures. These time-tested capabilities have been demonstrated on multiple vessel types and sizes with over 1,500 operating days of service. Additionally, the company’s autonomy systems are consistent with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREGs) published by the International Maritime Organisation.
“L3 continues to collaborate on and deliver best-in-class maritime sensor, autonomy, USV/UUV, and command and control technologies,” added L3’s Senior Vice President and President of its Communications & Networked Systems business segment, Sean J Stackley. “Aligning L3 ASV’s proprietary surface vessel control technology and proven unmanned system autonomy architecture with our already strong UUV capabilities allows us to stay ahead of the curve in helping our customers meet their mission objectives.”