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Anduril builds new factory in Rhode Island to meet growing AUV demand

An Anduril Dive-LD AUV during the US Pacific Fleet's Integrated Battle Problem (IBP) 24.1 in March 2024. Anduril is expanding production of the Dive-LD to more than 200 units annually to meet growing demand. (US Navy)

Anduril Industries is building a new manufacturing facility for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) in Rhode Island. The facility in Quonset Point will enable large-scale production of the Dive-LD family of AUVs so that Anduril can keep ahead of customer demand, the company said in a 17 June release.

The facility will enable Anduril to increase production to more than 200 AUVs annually and create more than 100 jobs within five years of its planned opening in 2025, the statement said. The decision is in response to growing demand for Anduril AUVs, including a USD18.6 million contract with the US Navy (USN) that was first revealed in February.

The current production facility in Quincy, Massachusetts, can build 12 hulls per year, with the ability to ramp up to 24, depending on the variant, Anduril told Janes on 17 June. That facility no longer has sufficient space to meet the demand from the USN, much less where it anticipates demand to go in the future, Anduril said.

The new scaled production complex enables the company to rapidly scale production for the Dive-LD as required. The facility can also be scaled from 100,000 sq ft (9,290 m 2 ) to 150,000 sq ft (13,940 m 2 ), the company told Janes . The family of Dive-LD AUVs encompasses several form factors and configurations based on customer requirements, Anduril said.

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