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Thursday, July 23, 2020 

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Technical Solutions division has completed a strategic equity investment in Sea Machines Robotics, a Boston-based autonomous technology company that specialises in advanced software for unmanned surface vessels (USVs).

Andy Green, EVP and president of HII Technical Solutions, said: “This investment represents our commitment to advanced innovation and competencies across the unmanned systems market. Sea Machines is making significant strides in the USV industry. We want to invest in their growth and continue to form complementary partnerships across this key domain.”

Sea Machines was founded in 2015 and since launching its first family of products in late 2018, has deployed systems on vessels serving a multitude of sectors. From large cargo vessels (such as a programme with A.P. Moller-Maersk) to US-flag ATBs and data-collecting survey boats, oil-spill response craft, search-and-rescue (SAR), patrol and crew transfer vessels. Sea Machines systems are now said to be operating in four of the world’s eight geographical regions and this reach is enabled through a dealer-partner programme with established marine electronics integrators. Its commercial, off-the-shelf technology can support remote control or fully autonomous command of vessels.

“Our partnership with Sea Machines gives us immediate access to state-of-the art solutions for U.S government work in the USV space,” said Duane Fotheringham, president of Technical Solutions’ Unmanned Systems. “Sea Machines’ products align well with our existing autonomy capabilities, and we look forward to collaborating with their team on USV pursuits.”

HII continues to expand in the rapidly growing autonomous and unmanned maritime systems industry. Earlier this year it added additional unmanned underwater vehicle capabilities — with REMUS and Seaglider product lines through the acquisition of Hydroid. While the company has worked on USVs in the past, this investment represents another milestone in its commitment to strengthen leadership in unmanned systems.

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