L3Harris Invests in Autonomous Surface Vehicle Builder Seasats

L3Harris Technologies (NYSE: LHX) has made an investment in Seasats to drive collaborative development and advance the production of the latter’s X3 autonomous surface vehicle designed for military and commercial applications.

Daniel Gittsovich, vice president of corporate strategy and development at L3Harris, said in a statement published Wednesday the company understands the need of U.S. Navy customers for proliferated maritime ASV architectures and its investment in Seasats provides a multicapability platform to address maritime security challenges worldwide.

Seasats-built X3 is a solar-powered maritime ASV that can operate on water in all weather conditions for up to six months. 

L3Harris said it can integrate X3 with electronic warfare, counter-piracy, mine clearing and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors and payloads for maritime customers.

Our previous tests and demonstrations with the Navy were enthusiastically received and we are looking forward to making collaborative improvements with L3Harris as we prepare for operational capabilities testing with Task Force 59 in the Arabian Peninsula next year,” said Seasats CEO Mike Flanigan.

Earlier in 2022, the Navy asked Seasats to take part in the Digital Horizon 2022 exercise that seeks to advance the development of artificial intelligence and robotic capabilities for the service and improve maritime domain awareness.

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