HomeGlobal Defence UpdatesBAE, Cellula Robotics partner on underwater drone, with test next year

BAE, Cellula Robotics partner on underwater drone, with test next year


LONDON — BAE Systems is partnering with Canadian company Cellula Robotics to showcase its extra-large autonomous underwater vehicle in the U.K. next year, the British firm announced Tuesday.

As the undersea battlespace matures, some companies are looking to speed up the development of uncrewed platforms that can work in tandem with crewed vessels to cover larger surface areas, or serve as smaller alternatives to submarines to carry out covert operations.

Among these is BAE Systems’ maritime services division, which last year launched its Herne extra-large autonomous underwater vehicle after noticing a market availability gap in this platform size.

The Herne was designed so users could launch and recover it in several ways, including from harbors, ships or submarines. It can perform anti-submarine warfare; electronic warfare; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, according to BAE Systems’ website.

“Today, [about] 40 countries have in their naval forces submarines, and several others are looking to expand their activities and/or their fleet,” Scott Jamieson, managing director at the maritime services division, told reporters during a panel at the DSEI exhibition in London on Sept. 12.

As the average global temperature continues to rise, the melting of sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean has opened up opportunities for countries to assert their military and commercial control. In light of this, the company announced it would cooperate with Cellula Robotics to launch a Herne demonstrator in British waters in September 2024.

“Recent acts of sub-sea aggression highlight the strategic importance of the underwater domain, the need to protect the critical national infrastructure within it and the inherent challenges,” BAE’s site said. “The demonstrator project, will test the ‘brains’ of the BAE Systems military XLAUV on one of Cellula Robotics’ underwater vehicles in trials set to take place next year at a facility on the south coast of England.”

When asked by Defense News whether he is hopeful the U.K. would be an eventual launch customer for the system, Jamieson said the business would be “delighted.”

In terms of where the Herne could be built, BAE Systems officials said they are open to localizing part of the production and would have the capability to manufacture it in the U.K. if it’s requested.

Elisabeth Gosselin-Malo is a Europe correspondent for Defense News. She covers a wide range of topics related to military procurement and international security, and specializes in reporting on the aviation sector. She is based in Milan, Italy.

Source by [author_name]
#BAE #Cellula #Robotics #partner #underwater #drone #test #year



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Aatmanirbhar Bharat


S-400 Competitor India’s Homegrown LRSAM Which Can Tip The Balance of Power In The Region

The system provides protection against a variety of aerial, naval and airborne threats and is operational with the Indian Air Force, Indian Navy, Israel...

India-US Ties Have To Focus “Very, Very Strongly” On Tech: S Jaishankar

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said there is a “very compelling need” for India and the US to work together, asserting that it’s...

AMCA 5th Generation Stealth Fighter Updates

Most Popular

Recent Comments

Archive Months


Latest Indian Navy Destroyer INS Mormugao successfully carries out engagement of sea-skimming supersonic target with its LR-SAM

Source : Asian News International (ANI)Latest Indian Navy Destroyer INS Mormugao successfully carries out engagement of sea-skimming supersonic target with its LR-SAM New Delhi: The...

Indian Army issues RFP for 250 All Terrain Vehicles (ATV)

Source : Indian Defence NewsRepresentative ImageThe Ministry of Defence, Government of India, intends to procure 250 quantity All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) under emergency procurement through Fast...

Alert: Female Pakistani Intelligence Operatives Target Indian Military Personnel on Social Media

In a concerning development, central security agencies have issued an alert to the police headquarters of Punjab, India, revealing that female Pakistani Intelligence...

Not far when we will be one of major defence producers: CDS General Anil Chauhan

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push();Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Anil Chauhan said on Monday that the day is...

Ahead of talks with China, India carries out Aerial Exercise in Ladakh

Source : India TodayIndian Air Force Dassault Rafale during an air sortie in LadakhAhead of the talks between India and China to resolve the...

Hasimara airbase near China that hosts Rafale jet gets massive upgrades

Source : Indian Defence Updates (IDU)A Rafale aircraft was being inducted into the No. 101 Sqn of Indian Air Force, at AFS Hasimara in...

Indian Navy’s MiG-29K fleet to get Astra Mk-1 BVRAAM soon

Source : IgMp BureauRepresentative Image (Credit: IgMp)The 110 kilometers range Astra Mk 1 air-to-air missile will be integrated with Indian Navy's Mig-29K by end...

Indian Navy begins equipping Israeli Rampage long range standoff missile on Mig-29K carrier borne jets

Source : Indian Defence Updates (IDU)Indian Navy begins equipping Israeli Rampage long range standoff missile on Mig-29K carrier borne jetsFollowing the installation of Indian...

As India & Afghanistan get closer, is it disadvantage Pakistan?

Source : MoneycontrolRepresentative ImageAmidst growing signs of Taliban’s willingness to explore options beyond Pakistan, engagement between India and Afghanistan has generated debate in the...

Indian Navy decommissions Kilo class submarine INS Sindhudhvaj after 35 years of service

Source : India TodayINS Sindhudhvaj was decommissioned at a sunset ceremony at the naval dockyard in VisakhapatnamThe Indian Navy decommissioned the INS Sindhudhvaj on...

Maldives Former Pro-China President Abdulla Yameen, ‘India Out’ campaign poster boy, sentenced to 11 years in prison

Source : Asian News International (ANI)Representative ImageMale : A court in Maldives found former President Abdulla Yameen guilty in a corruption and money laundering...

India ranks third in aero engines, hypersonics; fourth in drone tech: ASPI Report on critical technology development by countries

Source : The WeekAustralian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) report on critical technology developmentWith cutting-edge critical technology being touted as the world’s power symbol, India...

US support for Pakistan contributed to India-Pak problems, says EAM Jaishankar

Source : FirstpostExternal Affairs Minister S Jaishankar speaks at the CNN-News18 Townhall on Saturday. (News18)External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Saturday said, a lot of India’s problems with Pakistan...

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker

Refresh Page
error: Content is protected !!
%d bloggers like this: