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Gibbs and Cox colaborates with L3Harris on US Navy’s medium unmanned surface vehicle Program


Gibbs & Cox, Inc. announced that it has teamed up with L3Harris Technologies for the U.S. Navy’s Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MUSV) program.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 The DARPA Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program full-scale Sea Hunter demonstration vehicle, used for modelling as a Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MDUSV). (Picture source: DARPA)


L3Harris was awarded the MUSV Design and Construction contract last month. As part of the L3Harris MUSV team, Gibbs & Cox will serve as the ship design agent and engineering plant automation lead on the program.

The MUSV will provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to the fleet while manoeuvring autonomously and complying with international Collision Regulations, even in operational environments.


Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Rendering of MUSV. (Picture source: L3Harris Technologies image)


“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 who will provide the ship design and Swiftships will complete the construction of the vehicle.