TAS Unveils Royal Australian Navy SeaWolf Autonomous Underwater Vessel
TAS Unveils Royal Australian Navy SeaWolf Autonomous Underwater Vessel

TAS Unveils Royal Australian Navy SeaWolf Autonomous Underwater Vessel

Trusted Autonomous Systems are excited that the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) have now publicly acknowledged at IndoPac 22, existing SeaWolf project with Cellula Robotics as one of three key programs of development for AUV capability. Initiated and overseen by Trusted Autonomous Systems, funded by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Warfare Innovation Navy (WIN) Branch, with expertise, hardware and manufacturing from Cellula Robotics, the SeaWolf pilot project will develop a demonstrator 12m Autonomous Underwater Vessel (AUV) and existing technologies by early-2023.

This project has been under discussion with RAN for 12-months and under contract for 6-months. The SeaWolf project is engaging with a range of Australian-based experts to deliver a prototype AUV and to harness technology, manufacturing and regulatory expertise to develop future AUV capability for the RAN. TAS have contracted Cellula Robotics, Mission Systems, Ocean Wave Consulting, East Consulting Services and Cellula Robotics have also engaged a range of expert sub-contractors on this exciting project including the world renown Ron Allum Deepsea Services. Additional sub- contracts are in finals stages of negotiation.

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Since 2001, Cellula has grown to become a world leading engineering solutions company that specializes in the turnkey design and production of subsea robotic systems. Cellula’s products are primarily used for geotechnical and geophysical applications around the world. Through Cellula’s dedicated team of highly-skilled engineers, designers, and technicians based in Vancouver, Canada, the company have extensive experience in projects that require integrated mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and software elements in a subsea environment. Cellula has developed a rigorous ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System and Health, Safety, & Environmental policy.

Trusted Autonomous Systems are a Defence Cooperative Research Centre funded through the Next Generation Technologies Fund and are not conduced for profit. Trusted Autonomous Systems also receive funding support from the Queensland Government. TAS is led by a CEO, Professor Jason Scholz (who was awarded the 2020 McNeil Prize) with oversight from a Board of Directors. Science leadership includes the CEO, a Chief Engineer and a Chief Scientist role. In April 2019, then Minister for Defence Industry appointed Dr Michele Allan as Chair of Trusted Autonomous Systems.