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Anduril's extra-large UUV Ghost Shark edges closer to production in Australia

10th November 2023 - 07:47 GMT | by Tim Fish in Sydney


The Dive-LD system was on display at the Anduril stand that is a much smaller 3t UUV with a capability for 10 day operations going down to depths of 6,000ft. This is being targeted at the military and commercial applications. (Tim Fish)

Australia has been focusing on uncrewed systems solutions as a way of expanding coverage of its extensive maritime exclusive economic zones and as a way of expanding mass for the Royal Australian Navy.

US uncrewed underwater vehicle (UUV) systems manufacturer Anduril, through its Australian subsidiary, has a contract to deliver three extra-large prototype UUVs (XLUUVs) named Ghost Shark to the Royal Australian Navy.

Speaking to Shephard at the Indo-Pacific Maritime exhibition in Sydney, Shane Arnott, senior vice-president of engineering at Anduril Australia, said that the company has a contract to build three Ghost Shark prototypes by mid-2025 with Warfare Innovation Navy (WIN) Branch and Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), and has been building a low-rate factory in-country. The intent is at the end of this, if successful, they go into production.

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Tim Fish


Tim Fish

Tim Fish is a special correspondent for Shephard Media. Formerly the editor of Land Warfare …

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