October 4, 2022

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HII, identified as a shipbuilder, pursues pivot to world-wide defense tech organization

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National HARBOR, Md. — The most significant shipbuilder in the U.S. has up to date its model as section of an hard work to exhibit its broadened portfolio.

Huntington Ingalls Industries will no longer go by its entire identify it is now regarded as HII. The corporation also renamed its technological know-how division, up-to-date its emblem, launched a new web-site and moved away from its Navy-centric color palette, as it attempts to highlight its previously major and rising work in fields like autonomy and massive data administration.

“We require to make certain that possible prospects see us as additional than shipbuilders, or else they will not know that we’re in all those firms, way too, when it arrives to info, artificial intelligence, autonomy and unmanned methods, for occasion,” HII leading spokeswoman Brooke Hart advised Protection News April 4.

Chris Kastner, who took more than as HII’s main government officer previous thirty day period, told reporters April 5 at the Navy League’s annual Sea Air Space meeting the firm in the past 5 to eight many years formulated “a really deliberate system to develop a backlog in shipbuilding — it is above $40 billion now, each Newport News and Ingalls are effectively set up for the long run — and then to commit in technologies” that have been maturing and had a very clear path to armed service applicability.

HII in recent years acquired autonomous underwater methods corporation Hydroid and AI and simulation developer Alion Science and Technology, amongst other individuals, to give the firm a market place share in new spots.

Kastner explained the freshly renamed mission technologies division, which features the company’s non-shipbuilding get the job done, is on tempo to crank out about $2.6 billion in revenue this yr. That places the unit on par with the company’s Ingalls Shipbuilding property in Mississippi.

He explained he expects the mission technologies device to mature another 7% to 9% about the following pair many years, noting he specifically hopes to see a lot more do the job with the Army and Air Force.

The company has argued the improved technological skills will make improvements to its shipbuilding: Ingalls Shipbuilding and Newport News Shipbuilding can use the artificial intelligence and device discovering applications to enrich their “digital shipyard” concepts and establish warships a lot more effectively and hence for a lower expense. The expertise in these parts could be leveraged to create pitches to the Navy for how to combine UUVs with submarines, for case in point.

Nevertheless, the enterprise wishes to offer you standalone solutions as well.

On April 4, HII announced the launch of Odyssey, an autonomy suite intended to change any system in any area — a ship, an undersea vessel, a ground vehicle, an plane — into a robotic platform. Hart reported this new offering drew on legacy abilities as nicely as ones HII acquired.

The firm also introduced in late March its Remus 300 was chosen to serve as the Navy’s Lionfish tiny unmanned underwater motor vehicle. The Remus line of UUVs, which came to the organization by way of the Hydroid acquisition, are applied throughout the world in military services and civil apps.

“We’ve been the world’s biggest shipbuilder for so prolonged and there’s been no value to contacting ourselves the world’s premier shipbuilder — but now that we have all of these other opportunities. … I assume it is not an or, it’s an and,” Hart reported.

Megan Eckstein is the naval warfare reporter at Protection Information. She has coated armed service news due to the fact 2009, with a aim on U.S. Navy and Marine Corps operations, acquisition packages, and budgets. She has reported from 4 geographic fleets and is happiest when she’s filing stories from a ship. Megan is a University of Maryland alumna.

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