WASHINGTON ― Huntington Ingalls Industries announced Monday it has acquired the autonomy business of Spatial Integrated Systems ― its latest move to expand its unmanned prowess.
Roughly 50 employees from SIS, based in Virginia Beach, Va., joined HII’s Technical Solutions’ Unmanned Systems business group in a transaction that closed Dec. 31, HII’s announcement said. The terms were not disclosed. SIS president and CEO Sam Lewis will lead HII’s unmanned unmanned surface vessel efforts, reporting to Duane Fotheringham who leads the company’s unmanned systems business group.
“We are excited to welcome the SIS autonomy business employees to the HII family,” said Andy Green, HII executive vice president and president of technical solutions. “2020 was a significant year for HII in the unmanned systems industry, and this acquisition is the perfect complement to our existing portfolio and strategic partnerships.”
According to Huntington Ingalls, Spatial Integrated Systems have fielded its unmanned solutions ― including multi-vehicle collaborative autonomy, sensor fusion and perception ― for more than 6,000 hours on 23 vessel types. The Defense Department is using SIS unmanned technologies for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, harbor patrol, high value unit escort missions, payload delivery, mine clearance, and transporting supplies, said HII.
The move last week follows HII’s acquisition of Hydroid in March, a strategic alliance with Kongsberg Maritime; an equity investment in Sea Machines Robotics, Inc., of Boston, in July, and the groundbreaking on a new HII Unmanned Systems Center of Excellence, in Hampton, Va., in September.