Source: Defense Brief – Royal Navy orders its first unmanned submarine

The Royal Navy has placed an order for its first ever unmanned submarine (…).

The service expects Cetus – as the project is named – to be in the water within the next two years. Eventually, the submarine will be tasked with monitoring hostile activity, listening out for ships or submarines which may pose a threat to the RN warships, or to key national infrastructure such as deep-sea cables and pipelines.

The Royal Navy has experimented with – and in some cases operated – autonomous underwater systems for more than a decade. Most are small, off-the-shelf technologies, largely used in minehunting.

Cetus, however, will be the largest and most complex crewless submersible operated by European navies, designed and built specially for the Royal Navy by Plymouth-based tech firm MSubs. (…)


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