Thales signs UUV research agreement with Australian companies

21 December 2018

Thales announced on 21 December that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with US- and Australia-based unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) developer Aquabotix. The agreement will see Thales and Aquabotix collaborate with Australian companies and universities to develop autonomous underwater systems.

The programme, which will include contributions from the University of Sydney, the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR), Flinders University, Western Sydney University, Mission Systems Pty Ltd, and Ineni Realtime Pty Ltd, aims to produce mine countermeasures and survey solutions based on Aquabotix's SwarmDiver micro-UUV.

Dr John Best, chief technical officer at Thales Australia and New Zealand, said, "Thales is a world leader in underwater technology, and in Australia Thales has a 30-year history of developing advanced mine countermeasures systems for both the Royal Australian Navy and for export.

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