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2020-10-01

L3Harris Awarded MUSV Programme from U.S. Navy

L3Harris Technologies has received a contract from the U.S. Navy for the Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MUSV) programme. This is the Navy’s first programme for an unmanned surface vehicle to support the Navy’s Distributed Maritime Operations strategy.
 
The US$35 million initial award is part of a US$281 million programme that includes a prototype and options for a total of nine MUSVs. L3Harris will integrate its 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 manoeuvring autonomously and complying with international Collision Regulations, even in operational environments.
 
“The MUSV programme 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 reliable and affordable autonomous maritime capabilities.”
 
L3Harris will be the systems integrator and provide the mission autonomy and perception technology as the prime contractor on the programme. The team includes Gibbs & Cox and Incat Crowther who will provide the ship design and Swiftships will complete the construction of the vehicle.
 

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