Australia has announced that it will develop autonomous submarines (XL-AUVs) for the Royal Australian Navy. Strangely enough, the submarines will not be waterproof. The water will flow through them as they are autonomous and there is no human aboard.
These XL-AUVs are stealthy and can carry various military payloads over long distances. The framework of these subs will be of lightweight aluminum skin with gaps in between, so that water can flow through them. The submarines will have battery-powered propulsion systems, navigation & control systems in the nose cone, and the space between the submarines will be for the storage of military payloads. These war-drones can perform a variety of tasks, ranging from spying to anti-submarine warfare.
The sub will be integrated with a powerful artificial intelligence (AI) system, which will allow the submarine to operate itself because there isn’t a great deal of connectivity where the submarines are likely to go. Goodrich stated. “Our autonomous systems mean that you can have really sophisticated sensor processing on the vehicle, so it can do things like analyze the signature of the propulsion system, sonar reflections, and so on to identify a vessel of interest and exactly what it’s doing. There are various ways that the XL-AUV can communicate through the lattice system.