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UK hunts for extra large autonomous underwater vehicle

12th January 2022 - 10:55 GMT | by Harry Lye in London


Concept image of the MSubs developed extra-large uncrewed underwater vehicle (XLUUV). (Photo: MSubs)

The UK RN is increasingly looking to fill roles across its fleet with autonomous or uncrewed capabilities.

The UK's Submarine Delivery Agency Autonomy Unit has issued a tender worth up to £21.5 million for the procurement and trialling of an 8-12m Extra-Large Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (XL-AUV), dubbed Project CETUS.

The resultant XL-AUV will be used to help the RN de-risk the full procurement of future UUVs.

The RN already owns an MSubs extra-large uncrewed underwater vehicle (XLUUV) which is currently being used to test different payloads through the UK Defence and Security Accelerator's (DASA's) 'Uncrewed Underwater Vehicle Testbed – Opportunity to Integrate' competition.

The Project CETUS work follows on from XLUUV experimentation and will be the service's

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Harry Lye


Harry Lye

Harry Lye was Senior Naval Reporter at Shephard Media.

Harry joined the company in 2021, …

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