Cetus, developed by MSubs, will be the largest and most complex crewless submersible operated by a European Navy.
MSubs has been awarded a £15.4 million contract by the Royal Navy to manufacture and deliver a cutting-edge crewless submarine in order to enhance the Royal Navy’s experimentation with autonomous underwater systems.
Project Cetus – named after a mythological sea monster – is the first step in developing an operational autonomous submarine that will work independently or side-by-side with crewed submarines, including the Astute-class hunter-killers and their successors.
The 17-tonne submarine will be 12 metres long and 2.2 metres in diameter and will be able to dive deeper than any vessel currently in the submarine fleet with a range of over 1,000 miles – which it can reportedly cover in seven days.
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