Trusted Autonomous Systems publicly unveiled their SeaWolf project this week, a 12-metre autonomous underwater vessel developed in concert with Cellula Robotics for the Royal Australian Navy.
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The project, which is funded by the Royal Australian Navy’s Warfare Innovation Navy (WIN) branch, has been under contract for six months with discussions having taken place for the last year.
Cellula Robotics, which provides expertise, hardware and manufacturing for the program, are in the final stages of establishing an Australian entity for the project.
A spokesperson has also confirmed that Mission Systems, Ocean Wave Consulting, East Consulting Services and Ron Allum Deepsea Services have also been tapped to support the development of autonomous underwater technology for the RAN.
“TAS are excited to see the progress on the SeaWolf project across engineering, manufacturing, regulatory, control, propulsion and other supporting technologies and concepts,” Professor Jason Scholz, chief executive officer of Trusted Autonomous Systems, said.
“The novel technologies and demonstrated capabilities at Cellula Robotics made them a partner of choice; and plan underway to establish an Australian Cellula entity will bring them closer to the sovereign enterprises in Australia already working on delivering our concept of an underwater loyal-wingman to the Royal Australian Navy.”
Trusted Autonomous Systems is a Defence Cooperative Research Centre, which is funded via the Next Generation Technology Fund.
The organisation also receives funding from the Queensland government.