The U.S. Navy’s first program for an unmanned surface vehicle to support the Distributed Maritime Operations strategy is in progress with L3Harris Technologies developing a Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MUSV).
The U.S government has sanctioned an initial amount of US$35 million as part of a US$281 million program that includes a prototype and options for a total of nine MUSVs.
L3Harris will integrate the company’s ASView autonomy technology into a purpose-built 195-foot commercially derived vehicle from a facility along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana.
The MUSV will provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to the fleet while maneuvering autonomously and complying with international Collision Regulations, even in operational environments.
“The MUSV program award reinforces our investments in the unmanned market and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to bring mission-critical capabilities to our warfighters,” said Sean Stackley, President, Integrated Mission Systems, L3Harris. “L3Harris is continuing to develop a full range of highly reliable and affordable autonomous maritime capabilities to enable distributed maritime operations in support of the National Defense Strategy.”
L3Harris will be the systems integrator and provide the mission autonomy and perception technology as the prime contractor on the program. The program team includes Gibbs & Cox and Incat Crowther, which will provide the ship design, while Swiftships will complete the construction of the vehicle.
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