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Supashock develops missile launch ramp

Advanced technology firm Supashock has developed a launcher for the Spike LR2 ATGM anti-tank missile. The Retractable Anti-tank Missile Platform (RAMP pictured), was conceivedd designed and built in six months. The RAMP will be installed in the Rheinmetall Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicles being built for the army.

QPE Advanced Machining orders new machines for defence opportunity

QPE Advanced Machining has responded to federal government plans to boost defence acquisitions by immediately moving to increase production capacity. QPE, part of the Precise Advanced Manufacturing Group, ordered additional high end machine tools for delivery in 2020. Precise chairman Grant Tinney said the first delivery would take place in four weeks, of a DMU 75 Monoblock 5 axis precision machine tool from DMG MORI. The company will recruit more staff including two apprentices.

ETSI updates standard for consumer IoT devices

ETSI has updated its standard for consumer IoT devices, first released in February 2019 as a “technical specification”. ETSI said it had unveiled ETSI EN 303 645, “a standard for cybersecurity in the Internet of Things that establishes a security baseline for internet-connected consumer products and provides a basis for future IoT certification schemes.”

Tubi gains in US market

HDPE pipe manufacturer Tubi has opened two new plants in the United States to meet demand from the oil and gas, irrigation, water, mining and infrastructure sectors. The new plants in Florida complement the company’s first in the US in Texas. Tubi is listed on the Australian stock exchange and boosted production by 55 per cent in the latest quarter.

Fleet Space to aid Oz Minerals exploration

Adelaide microsatellite IoT company Fleet Space Technologies has won a $275,000 state government grant to work with Oz Minerals and the University of Adelaide to improve copper prospecting techniques. Fleet will install large arrays of wireless sensors for remote mapping of heat flow underground to identify exploration targets.

Fracking not the answer for NT manufacturing growth: Australia Institute

A new report by progressive think tank The Australia Institute has questioned how beneficial developing hydraulic fracturing gas production would be for manufacturing in the Northern Territory. According to the AI, NT government plans for a fracking industry were misguided, subsidies would be required “to establish petrochemical manufacturing based on fracked gas” and these would “throw good money after bad”.

Picture: Supashock

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