ASV Global acquired by US company L3

Canadian vessel recently converted to unmanned mode by ASV Canadian vessel recently converted to unmanned mode by ASV

UK- headquartered specialist builder of autonomous surface vessels, ASV Global has been acquired by the American company L3 Technologies.

ASV specialises in autonomous vessel control systems which are fitted to its own range of autonomous craft as well as to those built and operated by other companies. L3 Technologies is an agile innovator and leading provider of global ISR, communications and networked systems, and electronic systems for military, homeland security and commercial aviation customers. With headquarters in New York City and approximately 31,000 employees worldwide, L3 develops advanced defence technologies and commercial solutions in pilot training, aviation security, night vision and EO/IR, weapons, maritime systems and space.

“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,” said Christopher E. Kubasik, L3’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. “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.” L3 reported sales of $9.6 billion last year.

L3 claims that this acquisition strategically enhances the company’s 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.

Based in Fareham in the UK and with a subsidiary in Louisiana in the US, L3 ASV has the capability to deliver a wide range of autonomous surface vessels in a range of sizes, currently from 10 to 42 feet, with proprietary software and control systems and proven unmanned system autonomy architectures. These time-tested capabilities have been demonstrated on a wide range of vessel types and sizes with over 1,500 operating days of service. Much of the work done by ASV has been to develop autonomous survey and monitoring craft and an example is a Canadian Coast Guard survey craft. ASV has also worked with the British MOD on automated harbour patrol craft operating autonomously and a wide variety of monitoring and environmental vessels.

By Dag Pike

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