L3 acquires ASV Global to boost unmanned vessel capabilities

26 September 2018 (Last Updated September 26th, 2018 12:10)

L3 Technologies has acquired ASV Global to expand its complete range of unmanned vessel capabilities.

L3 acquires ASV Global to boost unmanned vessel capabilities
L3 ASV’s C-Worker 7 is a multi-role work class autonomous vessel suitable for a variety of offshore and coastal tasks. Credit: Business Wire.

L3 Technologies has acquired ASV Global to expand its complete range of unmanned vessel capabilities.

To be named L3 ASV, the new UK and Louisiana based entity will strengthen L3’s capabilities in integrated anti-submarine warfare (ASW) solutions, future surface combatant unmanned off-board sensors, and integrated unmanned surface vehicle / unmanned underwater vehicle (USV / UUV) operations.

L3 Technologies chairman, chief executive officer and president Christopher E Kubasik said: “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.

“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.”

“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.”

The new company will focus on providing surface vessels of different sizes, currently ranging from 10ft to 42ft.

Unmanned vessels will be integrated with advanced software and control systems, in addition to proven unmanned system autonomy architectures.

L3 Technologies Communications and Networked Systems Business Segment president and senior vice-president Sean J Stackley said: “L3 continues to collaborate on and deliver best-in-class maritime sensor, autonomy, USV / UUV, and command and control technologies.

“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.”