Defense technology company Anduril Industries Inc. in Costa Mesa says it is working with the Australian Defense Force on the development of underwater vehicles for that country’s navy.
Anduril said the two sides are “entering into commercial negotiations for a $100 million, co-funded design, development and manufacturing program for extra Large Autonomous Undersea Vehicles (XL-AUVs) for the Royal Australian Navy.”
Anduril will design, develop and manufacture the XL-AUVs in Australia.
“There is a clear need for an XL-AUV built in Australia, for Australia,” said Palmer Luckey, Anduril founder. “The XL-AUV will harness the latest developments in autonomy, edge computing, sensor fusion, propulsion and robotics to bring advanced capability to the Royal Australian Navy.”