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Pacific 2019: Austal introduces line of autonomous ships to Asia-Pacific

10 October 2019
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A scale model of Austal USA's autonomous ship on display at Pacific 2019. Source: IHS Markit/Ridzwan Rahmat

Austal is making an inaugural showcase of its autonomous ships in the Asia-Pacific region at the Pacific 2019 international maritime exposition in Sydney.

Speaking to Jane's at the exposition, Paul Sparke, Austal's marketing manager, described the line as concepts that have been conceived by its subsidiary in the United States, Austal USA, in anticipation of future requirements from the US Navy (USN).

The concepts are based on the catamaran, trimaran, and single-hulled form factors, and range in overall length between 40 m and 110 m. These include smaller patrol craft that can be deployed for constabulary duties, high-speed troop transports, and replenishment-at-sea vessels.

The concepts range in tonnage from 260 to 2,500 tonnes and can operate autonomously for up to 90 days, with a range in excess of 10,000 n miles at 16 kt.

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