Gibbs & Cox Provides Quality Naval Architecture Services to International Clients

Since our earliest years, Gibbs & Cox, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, has provided our international clients with innovative naval architecture support for both naval and commercial applications. Our long-standing history and experience draw from the fact that many of our designs have lived productive second lives after being transferred to and upgraded for international navies.

Gibbs & Cox is routinely asked to participate in foreign military sales programs that involve ship assessments, followed by developing tailored design upgrades and modifications, to increase mission capabilities and extend their service life.

Proven Naval Architecture Results for Successful International Projects

Our naval architecture and marine engineering expertise have been sought out by navies and shipyards from countries across the world to assist in early-stage studies, design and contract development, and detailed design and production projects that include both new and conversion efforts. Over the last few decades, several notable Gibbs & Cox designs, such as the FFG-7 (Oliver Hazard Perry Class) and the Littoral Combat Ship (Freedom Class) have been used as successful parent designs for international clients.

Our history of solving technical challenges extends beyond international naval programs and expands into commercial projects as well. Our naval architects have also designed recreational vessels, high-performing luxury motor yachts, and pilot boats for numerous international clients.

Our Expanding International Presence

SEA 1180

We opened Gibbs & Cox Australia in response to our expanding international relationships and our desire to provide on-site support. Headquartered in Canberra, Act, Gibbs & Cox Australia is conveniently collocated with our primary in-country government customer, the Commonwealth of Australia’s Capability Acquisition & Sustainment Group. We closely assist the Royal Australian Navy and the Canadian Navy and Coast Guard with several programs as they work to develop their fleets for the 21st century, which include the SEA 1180, SEA 5000, and SEA 1000.

Our Gibbs & Cox staff are conveniently located around the world in order to provide technical support on the latest naval and commercial developments. Several other nations we support and often provide a local presence to include, but are not limited to: Egypt, Taiwan, the Philippines, Greece, Japan, Spain, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.

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The Gibbs & Cox Approach to Developing Autonomous and Unmanned Ship Designs our Clients Can Trust

Meeting the needs of our clients and ensuring they receive the highest quality products are our top priorities. In order to provide the highest quality unmanned ship designs and autonomous systems, we partner with innovative, cross-domain Artificial Intelligence (AI) solution providers and reliable, proven shipyards who are our clients can trust.

From initial concept to sustainment and final design, Gibbs & Cox, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, leverages decades of cutting-edge naval architecture with industry leading marine engineering original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to provide our clients with a product they can rely on.

Our customers benefit from our:Unmanned ship designs

  • 90+ years of successful military, commercial, and recreational ship designs.
  • Unmanned Maritime Autonomy Architecture (UMAA) ecosystem.
  • Plug-and-Play technology which prevents AI vendor lock.
  • CYBERSAFE system boundaries and hardened Information Technology and Operational Technology (IT/OT).

How We Apply Marine Autonomy to Complex Situations

When an unmanned ship is expected to perform more than a transit mission between point A and point B, autonomy becomes a much more complex problem. An unmanned military ship is expected to perform the same self-navigation and control functions as an unmanned commercial ship but must also factor in the additional requirements of performing complex mission evolutions in hostile environments. Technical challenges in advancing USV technology include maneuverability, self-maintenance, communication, and cooperative employment of multiple USVs working tougher autonomy. Gibbs & Cox is committed to solving these challenges and advancing the potential of unmanned ship design.

Our Approach to Hull, Mechanical & Electrical (HM&E) Autonomy Integration

To achieve designs capable of long duration missions without human intervention, we collaborate with industry and R&D leaders in HM&E system design. These collaborations provide the necessary reliability and Artificial Intelligence to develop unmanned ships that can monitor, predict, and diagnose performance declines and failures, and then self-adjust its use of available resources to continue meeting ongoing mission requirements.

Below are several features that are key to the integration of HM&E Autonomy Systems. G&C is an experienced provider of each service:

  • Smart actuators (e.g. motorized valves)
  • Four-part Intelligent Fault Management System
  • Prognosis
  • Diagnosis
  • Active learning
  • Reconfiguration

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