Ocius successfully trials unmanned naval vessel

Autonomous systems builder Ocius has successfully trialled its Bluebottle unmanned surface vessel (USV) developed as part of a $3 million Defence innovation contract. The 18 foot Bluebottle prototype successfully identified and navigated around surface vessels such as speed boats in trials off the NSW coast, and maintained speed in various sea conditions. Bluebottle is normally…

Western Australia plans to build its own suburban trains

The Western Australian government is planning to integrate local rail car manufacturing into its ambitious plans to expand Perth’s suburban rail network. The government , which has just taken delivery of the last of 78 Queensland-made B-series rail car sets, plans to let an order in 2019 for new Metronet trains. The final three-car B-series…

Titomic advances in defence additive manufacturing

Metals additive manufacturing technology company Titomic (ASX: TTT) has passed a substantial milestone successfully completing a trial order for a US defence customer. The company, which is commercialising a CSIRO-derived 3D printing process known as Titomic Kinetic Fusion, completed the order for defence company TAUV Intelligent Armour Systems. Under a $300,000 phase 1 contract, Titomic…

Thomas Global delivers submarine control systems

Sydney defence manufacturer Thomas Global Systems has completed delivery of key components of the Integrated Ship Control Management and Monitoring System for Australia’s Collins submarine fleet. The delivery, under stage 2 of an obsolescence remediation project, was of hardware for the updated Distributed Control Modules and Fixed Conning Consoles for the boats. Thomas Global’s CEO,…

DroneShield finds way to get early access to R&D tax incentive

Australian anti-drone security company, DroneShield (ASX: DRO) has entered an agreement with R&D Capital Partners Pty Ltd which will enable it to access the equivalent cash to the R&D tax incentive long before they would otherwise receive it from the government. DroneShield has received the R&D tax incentive, most recently $500,000, each year it has…