Austal USA delivers 11th LCS warship

Perth international shipbuilder Austal has delivered its eleventh Littoral Combat Ship, the future USS Kansas City (pictured), to the US Navy. Built at the company’s Mobile, Alabama shipyard, the 127-metre long LCS’s are fast, multi-purpose vessels designed for near-shore waters, but capable of operating across the open ocean. Austal Chief Executive David Singleton said the…

Naval Group and Defence respond on submarine industry involvement

French submarine builder Naval Group and the Department of Defence have responded to criticism and have issued a joint statement on Australian industry involvement in the construction of 12 Attack class submarines in Adelaide. The joint statement does not mention concerns that have been raised about the level of local participation in the project. However…

Profiles of success: AML prepares to go public, says standards are key to commercialisation   

There has been a series of successful IPOs for high-tech Australian manufacturing companies in recent months, including Carbon Revolution, K-Tig and Amaero Engineering. 3D printing bureau AML3D hopes to add to this, with a place on the ASX planned for March. Founder and managing director Andy Sales agrees that investors are keen on sophisticated manufacturers…

Defence projects could face audit following Finnish boat contract: report

An audit of major defence projects and their use of Australian suppliers is possible, according to a report today.   The Australian Financial Review cites unnamed sources, including in the defence industry, and reports that prime minister Scott Morrison has made “pointed remarks” to Defence department officials about keeping foreign-owned primes to their local content…