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L3 swoops for ASV Global to strengthen unmanned capability

25 September 2018

L3 Technologies has acquired unmanned surface vessel (USV) and autonomous vessel control company ASV Global in a move that significantly strengthens L3’s maritime unmanned capability.

The deal was completed on 20 September, with the new company to be known as L3 ASV. The terms have not been disclosed.

With major facilities in Louisiana, United States, and Hampshire, United Kingdom, ASV is a specialist in the design, development, and manufacture of military and commercial USVs in the 10–42 ft range embodying the proprietary ASView control system/autonomy architecture software. According to the company, its autonomy systems are consistent with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREGs) published by the International Maritime Organisation.

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