Defence scientists eye undersea technology gains

Defence science, public sector researchers and industry are to collaborate to develop significant capability gains in areas such as sonar systems and undersea surveillance. Projects have begun in the Advanced Piezoelectric Materials and Applications (APMA) Program under a five-year collaboration between DMTC Ltd (formerly, the Defence Materials Technology Centre) and defence scientists to accelerate the…

UNSW researchers develop building materials that adjust to both heat and cold

UNSW researchers are developing new materials that improve on conventional supercooling materials used on buildings to combat the heat. The work is led by Scientia Professor Mat Santamouris of the university’s School of Built Environment, and the new-generation materials were recently tested in Kolkata, India in a collaboration with two international universities. According to a…

NSW Premier vows to buy trains locally

By Peter Roberts NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has signalled an end to the New South Wales government’s fraught policy of buying ‘cheap and low’ priced public transport rolling stock from overseas. Announcing a new order for locally made electric buses from Custom Denning, Perrottet conceded NSW has long missed onshore manufacturing opportunities in an effort…

Hanwha Defense links with Bisalloy for export

Export opportunities have opened up for steel manufacturer Bisalloy Steels with the signing of a MoU with Korean defence contractor Hanwha Defense. The companies will join forces to build armoured combat vehicles and self-propelled howitzers for international markets, including for a recently-executed contract with Egypt. Under the agreement, Hanwha Defense will procure Bisalloy steel for…