Leidos acquires renowned naval architecture firm Gibbs & Cox

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Gibbs & Cox is a Navy Medium Unmanned Surface Ship Program (Gibbs & Cox) subcontractor

Posted on February 24, 2021 at 1:34 PM by

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Engineering, IT and defense conglomerate Leidos has reached a deal to buy naval architecture firm Gibbs & Cox, boosting its capabilities as it competes for unmanned systems contracts from the US Navy.

In a earnings call on Tuesday, Leidos CEO Roger Krone confirmed his company plans to pay Gibbs & Cox $ 380 million, with the deal expected to close in the first quarter. “The acquisition of Gibbs & Cox will expand our existing maritime business and add specific capabilities and services, such as naval architecture and marine engineering, 3D modeling and design, and specialist engineering to all of solutions that we provide to our customers, ”said Krone. .

Gibbs & Cox are famous for their military designs, including the mass-produced Liberty Ships that carried US military aid during WWII and numerous landing craft that transported troops to Normandy on D-Day. 1970, the company designed the almost unsinkable Oliver hazard perry-class frigates, some of which are still in service in the overseas navies today. He also worked on the Arleigh Burke –series of class destroyers – the backbone of the U.S. surface combatant fleet for the past 30 years, with nearly 90 built or on order – as well as the Freedomlittoral combat ship and its replacement, the FFG (X) adaptation of Fincantieri’s FREMM frigate design. The company also designed the iconic SS liner United States, which set the transatlantic speed record for a commercial passenger vessel in 1952. Her record held until 1990.

Given the company’s rich history and long-standing ties to the US Navy, it will remain an independent entity and retain its brand once the acquisition is complete.

For Leidos, Gibbs & Cox presents an opportunity to compete in the space of unmanned surface ships. Last year, Leidos lost a bid to design the Navy’s future Medium Unmanned Surface Vessel (MUSV) when the service chose L3Harris instead. However, Gibbs & Cox is the Ship Design Agent and Engineering Facility Automation Manager for L3Harris on the MUSV project, and he will be performing a majority design work; the acquisition gives Leidos a way back into the MUSV program. Gibbs & Cox also holds one of six contracts to submit a competing proposal for the future large unmanned surface vessel (LUSV).

“In our MUSV program, I think we had a very, very competitive offer, but we didn’t win. ship design, ”Krone said.

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