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Ocius Technology: 2 x Blue Bottles to USA and 6th to Royal Australian Navy

Date: 22 May 2024 Author: Raymond

Australian USV developer Ocius Technology has recently announced:
🔹 The sale of two Bluebottle USVs to the USA for 💰 2.4 millions of Australian dollars and the signing of a Teaming Agreement with US Defence Prime contractor ThayerMahan to collaborate on the development of its Outpost System on Ocius’ Bluebottle USVs;
🔹 Royal Australian Navy personnel officially accepted delivery of their sixth RAN Bluebottle, designated BB706.

At the end of April 2024 off San Diego, Ocius demonstrated two Bluebottle USVs with ThayerMahan. Bluebottle BONNIE operated in San Diego Harbour participating in Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) exercises and Bluebottle BETH operated 15NM 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 on-board 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. As a result, ThayerMahan, is buying both Bluebottles for 💰 2.4 millions of Australian dollars and with Ocius contracted support will be putting them to work off Connecticut for marine mammal monitoring and demonstrating the capability to US customers.

🎤 Robert Dane, Ocius CEO said “Both companies share a mutual love of technology and the sea and have complementary proven products. Recently, in San Diego, engineers from both companies worked as a team to combine ThayerMahan’s TRL8 (-9) Outpost system with our TRL8 (-9) Bluebottle USVs. We’d especially like to thank Austrade for their professional support overseas. The recent Sea Air and Space Expo in Washington was our first foray into the USA market and has culminated in immediate sales to the USA.”

🎤 Mike Connor CEO of ThayerMahan said “Our 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.”

🎤 Royal Australian Navy Commodore Mick Turner said “Navy has supported the development of the Bluebottle Uncrewed Surface Vessel in Australia and now the San Diego demonstration. This sale to the USA is validation of our collaboration with Ocius and the Defence Science and Technology Group in developing this capability. The Bluebottle USV developed by Ocius is proving to be a game changer.”

🎤 AUSTRADE’s Anamika Mishra said “We’ve been working with Ocius for a couple of years, and it is extremely rewarding to see Australian capability recognised in competitive global markets. We congratulate Ocius on achieving its first international sale following Sea Air Space, the Team Defence Australia led trade mission to Washington earlier this year.”

🎤 Investment NSW Industry and Investment Executive Director Maroun El Khoury said “It’s fantastic to see this agreement from Ocius come to fruition, and we’re proud to have helped expand their reach and engagement through tradeshows and industry introductions over the years. Their growth is a great example of what can be achieved through collaboration between academia, industry and government in the creation of highly skilled jobs.”

📃📷 Source: Ocius Technology