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Australia names future XLAUV as the Ghost Shark

14th December 2022 - 07:43 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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Anduril Industries’ Dive-LD, pictured here, will serve as a testbed as the company develops an XLAUUV for Australia’s navy. (Photo: Anduril)

Under a three-year programme, Anduril is going full-steam ahead in its quest to produce three XLAUV prototypes for Australia's navy.

Australia has named its future extra-large autonomous underwater vehicle (XLAUV), being developed by Anduril Industries, as the Ghost Shark.

A naming ceremony took place in Sydney Harbour, according to a statement by Anduril on 12 December.

The name for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) future craft is also a nod to the MQ-28A Ghost Bat, an autonomous loyal wingman developed for the RAAF by Boeing Defence Australia.

On the same occasion, Anduril welcomed the arrival of a 2.8t and 5.8m-long Dive-LD AUV from the US, which will be utilised as a testbed for the development of the RAN’s

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Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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