New RAN Minehunting Drone Trials Craft

Photo and text by Chris Sattler The RAN is presently attempting to bring into service – along with its contractor Thales – a ‘grab bag’ of deployable systems under Project 1778 ( Task Group MCM Phase 1) consisting of three medium sized ‘Bluefin 12’ autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), four smaller ‘Bluefin 9’ AUVs, five Steber 12 meter boats (based on…

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