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Australia puts large autonomous submarines in the fast lane

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Nick Blenkey

XL-AUV will be an affordable, self-contained, long-endurance, multi-mission capable AUV

While the AUKUS plan for Australia to acquire nuclear-powered submarines with the help of the United States and the United Kingdom seems to be moving forward, the Royal Australian Navy could in the meantime obtain vehicles Extra Large Autonomous Submarines (XL-AUV) in less than three years.

Irving, Calif., headquartered in high-tech defense company Anduril Industries, reports that it is entering commercial negotiations with the Australian Defense Force for XL-AUVs,

“The XL-AUV will be an affordable, self-contained, long-endurance, multi-mission capable AUV,” says Anduril. “It is modular, customizable and can be optimized with a variety of payloads for a wide range of military and non-military missions such as advanced intelligence, infrastructure inspection, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting.”

Anduril says his approach to developing the XL-AUV “will deliver the vehicle at a fraction of the cost of existing underwater capabilities in radically shorter time frames.”

“The three-year XL-AUV development program has an incredibly ambitious delivery schedule that will involve capability assessment and prototyping in record time using Anduril’s agile capability development systems,” the company says. . “There will be three prototypes delivered to the Royal Australian Navy over the three-year lifespan of the program.”

Anduril will design, develop and manufacture the XL-AUVs in Australia. To support the design, development and manufacturing of the program, it plans to hire dozens of employees in highly skilled roles.

“There is a clear need for an Australian-built XL-AUV, for Australia,” said Anduril founder Palmer Luckey. “The XL-AUV will harness the latest developments in autonomy, advanced computing, sensor fusion, propulsion and robotics to bring advanced capabilities to the Royal Australian Navy.”