Could recent maritime developments in autonomous unmanned vehicles (AUVs) and other unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) mean that some of the roles currently carried out by Australia’s Collins Class submarines, including after their forthcoming life-of type extensions, and the Attack Class currently in detailed design before construction starts, be undertaken more stealthily and as informatively by AUVs at lower cost and less risk to personnel, while having much longer time on station?

UV’s capabilities include sensors which will supplement, but cannot replace, all of Navy’s submarine fleet. Navy’s large manned submarines in the future will need to be accompanied by numerous AUVs for…

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