Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD) has signed a licensing agreement with Estonia-based DECK Marine Systems for expanded unmanned marine vehicle (UMV) services.
Through the agreement, FMD and DECK will collaborate to develop an intelligent launch and recovery system to support unmanned marine vessels. The equipment is installed on the stern of a ship and operated to retrieve items during commercial and military activities or salvage vehicles in distress during rescue missions.
“As the Navy develops and tests more unmanned vehicle technologies, FMD remains committed to providing the capabilities and support necessary for expanding the reach and scope of our fleet,” FMD Chief Commercial Officer Jay McFadyen said.
The agreement grants FMD an exclusive license to sell and service the system as well as instrument deployment units and winches to Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Through the agreement, DECK will have access to FMD’s wide range of marine technologies, OEM products, turnkey services, and a global network of highly-trained field service technicians at six service centers.
In addition, DECK will “leverage FMD’s customer-focused Regional Account Managers to expand its presence among marine defense customers.”
“The expanded capabilities offered through our licensing agreement with DECK Marine Systems, combined with our existing products and services from our Welin Lambie business unit, strengthens our ability to help propel US maritime defense into the future,” McFayden added.