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L3Harris Technologies Supports UK Royal Navy Innovation

L3Harris Technologies’ WESCAM MX10MS maritime sensor has been selected as the electro-optic/infra-red (EO/IR) sensor for the Maritime Autonomy Surface Testbed (MAST-13) Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) system.

Operated by the United Kingdom’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the MAST-13 equipped with the WESCAM MX-10MS will be used to develop ASV technologies for the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy, including the testing and evaluation of new algorithms, sensors, payloads and novel concepts of operation.

The selection of the WESCAM MX-10MS was backed by an evaluation period in early 2020 when it was successfully integrated onto the MAST-13 for a high-speed demonstration on the English Channel. During the trial, the WESCAM MX-10MS showcased its image quality, stabilization control and detection, identification and recognition ranges.

“L3Harris’ investment in marine sight advancements has extended our presence in the maritime domain and helped us gain traction with opportunities on a global scale,” said Sean Stackley, President, Integrated Mission Systems, L3Harris. “Our WESCAM technology is backed by four decades of engineering excellence and further leverages the knowledge gained from years of extensive customer mission feedback across airborne and maritime domains.”

L3Harris plans the complete and permanent integration onto the MAST-13 in mid-2020. A deployed MAST-13 ASV will feature 24/7 high-definition vision to support real-time situational awareness, reconnaissance and surveillance operations, coastal observation, low-visibility and nighttime navigation.

There are more than 250 WESCAM MX-10MS systems integrated onto a variety of marine vessels and more than 5,000 WESCAM MX systems operating across air, land and maritime domains in more than 80 countries. These systems are supported by a global network of authorized service centers and field-support personnel.

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