Gibbs & Cox Inc. Selected by DARPA for Sea Train Concept Development and Demonstration

October 5, 2020

Image Developed by DARPA
Image Developed by DARPA

Arlington, VA., Oct. 5, 2020 – Gibbs & Cox, Inc. is pleased to announce the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded the company a multi-phase contract to develop and demonstrate a Connectorless Sea Train concept. DARPA has exercised the base development phase for $9,450,339.

Gibbs & Cox will leverage our capabilities to integrate advancements in integrated system design, robotic controls, autonomy, and hydrodynamic optimization. This new technical approach, coined by Gibbs and Cox as ARMADA (Articulated Resistance Minimized Autonomous Deployment Asset), seeks to reshape maritime vessel capabilities, enabling long-range deployments of medium-sized autonomous surface vessels without the need for either in-port or at-sea refueling.

DARPA’s selection of Gibbs & Cox for the Sea Train program, combined with our other recent awards, illustrates G&C’s rapid expansion in the Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) industry. These awards have substantiated our imprint in this developing market and enable us to take a leadership role in the maritime industry’s newest design challenges.

It has been a pleasure working with Gibbs and Cox. They were consistently responsive to our changing needs with this difficult project. Updates were frequent and accurate. I look forward to continuing to utilize Gibbs and Cox to assist us in future programs.