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Two Bluebottle USVs have been sold to the USA in collaboration with ThayerMahan

The sale of two Bluebottle USVs to the USA for $2.4 million and the signing of a Teaming Agreement with well-respected US Defence Prime contractor ThayerMahan, Ocius announced .

The agreement will see the two collaborate on the development of its Outpost System on Ocius’ Bluebottle USVs.

Royal Australian Navy personnel have also officially accepted delivery of their sixth RAN Bluebottle, designated BB706.

Special Guest at the announcement was Hon Matt Thistlethwaite, Assistant Minister for Defence, Assistant Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Assistant Minister for the Republic and local Federal Member for our Randwick facility.

“Ocius is a great example of the ingenuity and cooperation of industry, academia and defence working together. Ocius’ business based in Randwick is partnering with UNSW to deliver innovative uncrewed maritime surveillance vessels for the Royal Australian Navy and the safety of Australia,” said Thistlethwaite. 

At the end of April 2024 in San Diego, Ocius demonstrated two Bluebottle USVs with well-respected US Company ThayerMahan. 

Bluebottle BONNIE operated in San Diego Harbour participating in Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) exercises and Bluebottle BETH operated 15 nautical miles off the coast carrying a ThayerMahan Outpost passive array system. 

The Outpost system on BETH’s keel winch was deployed to variable significant depths with onboard processing and communications live back to base. 

This was all done in a sustainable manner using renewable energy for five days achieving a successful results-driven demonstration.

Mike Connor CEO of ThayerMahan said the US-based company’s collaboration with Ocius has been tremendous. 

“Combining our proven Outpost acoustic sensing system with Bluebottle’s impressive manoeuvrability, functionality, and payload capacity enables us to maximize the performance of our scalable, autonomous surveillance systems. 

Among other features, the Bluebottle’s ability to harness wind, wave and solar energy and its integrated keel winch are game changers. Together, we will provide AUKUS nations with unprecedented maritime domain awareness, on and below the ocean’s surface, preserving their advantage in a changing and uncertain world,” said Connor. 

ThayerMahan will be deploying both Bluebottles worth $2.4 million off Connecticut for marine mammal monitoring and demonstrating the capability to US customers.

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