Australia’s maritime defense capabilities received a potent injection of innovation with the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) unveiling of the Ghost Shark prototype drone on Thursday, April 18.

This marks a turning point in underwater warfare, not just for Australia but potentially for the global stage.

A Sea Change in Underwater Vehicles

The Ghost Shark, developed by Anduril Australia in collaboration with the Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator (ASCA), the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), and the RAN, shatters traditional notions of underwater vehicles.

This isn’t your grandfather’s submarine. The Ghost Shark is an extra-large autonomous undersea vehicle (XL-AUV), boasting an impressive 10-day range and the ability to operate in the crushing depths of 19,685 feet (6,000 meters).

But the true power of the Ghost Shark lies in its versatility.