Military Embedded Systems

Autonomy business acquired by Huntington Ingalls to expand unmanned capabilities


January 05, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that it has acquired the autonomy business of Spatial Integrated Systems Inc. (SIS). The acquisition is intended to further expand HII’s unmanned systems capabilities with SIS's skilled team and unmanned surface vessel (USV) solutions.

According to the company, SIS’s unmanned systems solutions, including multi-vehicle collaborative autonomy, sensor fusion and perception, have been fielded for more than 6,000 hours on 23 vessel types. They have also supported development projects and demonstrations aiming to advance autonomy in unmanned systems in the maritime, ground, and air domains.

SIS’s solutions are actively in use throughout the Department of Defense, coordinating and controlling multiple collaborative unmanned vehicles in the execution of mission applications including intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, harbor patrol, high value unit escort missions, payload delivery, mine clearance, and transporting supplies. 

The acquisition of SIS’s autonomy business follows other recent unmanned systems activity by HII, including the acquisition of Hydroid, a strategic alliance with Kongsberg Maritime, an equity investment in Sea Machines, and on a new HII Unmanned Systems Center of Excellence in Hampton, Va.


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