Austal partners with Saildrone to make uncrewed ships for Navy, others

Aluminum-hulled craft can be used for mapping, surveillance

Rendering of Austal-Saildrone craft at work. Austal USA in Mobile has partnered with California-based Saildrone Inc. to build autonomous, uncrewed surface vehicles — with work on the first vessel beginning in October. The 65-foot Saildrone Surveyor is an aluminum-hulled craft, designed for hydrologic survey, underwater mapping, surveillance and related tasks —…

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