Analysis

Australia wants navy boats with lots of weapons, but no crew. Will they run afoul of international law?

By Simon McKenzie
Updated February 24 2024 - 6:03pm, first published February 23 2024 - 3:06pm
Warships like the HMAS Stuart are in a special category - but where to uncrewed vessels sit? Picture Defence Images
Warships like the HMAS Stuart are in a special category - but where to uncrewed vessels sit? Picture Defence Images

The Australian Navy is set to be transformed. On top of existing plans for nuclear submarines, the government yesterday announced a scheme for an "enhanced lethality surface combatant fleet" including six new "optionally crewed" vessels.

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