An autonomous robotic undersea warfare vehicle is being designed and manufactured in Australia for the Royal Australian Navy.
Its name – Ghost Shark – was revealed on December 12 at Anduril Australia, which is collaborating with Navy and Defence Science and Technology Group on the project.
The collaboration was made possible by the Next Generation Technologies Fund.
Defence scientists, Navy personnel and Anduril robotics specialists will work together under a co-funded arrangement to produce three prototypes of the extra-large autonomous underwater vehicles.
The ceremony in Sydney featured a US-made ‘Dive-LD’ autonomous submarine, which will be the testbed vehicle for the development of the vessels.
Head of Navy Capability Rear Admiral Peter Quinn said the stealthy, multi-role vessels, typically between 10 and 30 metres long, represented a new undersea warfare capability for Navy.
“They have the capacity to remain at sea undetected for very long periods, carry various military payloads and cover very long distances,” Rear Admiral Quinn said.
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