Australian-Canadian partnership to introduce new series of unmanned naval vehicles

Photo: CNW Group/Cellula Robotics

British Columbia-based technology company Cellula Robotics and Australian unmanned systems specialist Trusted Autonomous Systems (TAS) are presently working on a new series of fuel cell-powered, extra-large unmanned underwater vehicle (XLUUV).

Funded by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and in collaboration with sovereign sub-contractors, project SeaWolf is set to debut the first 12-metre XLUUV hull in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Some notable features of the SeaWolf project include a mission range of over 5,000 kilometres powered by a state-of-the-art fuel cell power system and two modular 2,500-litre flooded payload bays. With a 12- by 1.7-metre hull, SeaWolf can be shipped in a single 40-foot ISO container.

As part of the work on the SeaWolf project, Cellula will establish a new office in Brisbane. The company also plans to put up additional design and construction facilities for the XLUUVs in Australia.

Demonstration missions with the prototype SeaWolf XLUUV will take place in Australia in the first quarter of 2023.

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