Best of the week — the five most popular stories among @AuManufacturing’s readers

Curious about what people were most interested in during the week just finished? Here’s what visitors to this site were reading. NIOA WINS CONTRACT FOR NEXT GENERATION ARMY WEAPONS The Federal Government has signed a multi-million dollar agreement with Queensland company NIOA to start acquiring and supplying the next generation of small arms for the…

Austal to develop patrol boat autonomy capability

Perth shipbuilder Austal is to commence planning, modification, and test and evaluation of autonomous and remotely operated systems, using as a test bed a de-commissioned Royal Australian Navy patrol boat. Austal has taken possession of former Armidale-class Patrol Boat (ACPB), the former HMAS Maitland, from the Commonwealth for its Patrol Boat Autonomy Trial (PBAT) in…

Land Forces 2022 – Prime, SME collaboration drives composites for small arms manufacture

Today @AuManufacturing’s special editorial series Land Forces 2022 looks at a model for collaboration between defence industry companies and public sector researchers. Peter Roberts reports on work underway at Thales Australia’s Lithgow Arms business in NSW. The statistics show that Australian manufacturers and business leaders are among the worst in the developed world at collaborating…

Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

Alphafit supplies eqiuiplment for elite sporting complex The Newcastle Knights football club have installed a major new gymnasium fitted out with Australian-manufactured Alphafit gym equipment (pictured). The District Park training centre accessed by both NRL and NRLW players includes 5x Single Cages with Storage, 5x Half Cages with Storage, 2x Core Functional Trainers, 2x Freestanding…