Dutton announces Australia will build three prototype robot submarines

Anduril Australia, the Royal Australian Navy and Defence Science and the Technology Group will design, develop and manufacture three prototype Extra Large Autonomous Undersea Vehicles (XLAUVs) over the next three years. According to an announcement by defence minister Peter Dutton on Thursday, Defence and Anduril Australia would co-fund the program, working to an “ambitious build…

Excellence in maritime manufacturing – AIDN’s Brent Clark on defence/SME engagement

Today @AuManufacturing’s editorial series Excellence in maritime manufacturing turns to the involvement of Australian owned SMEs in defence contracts. Here Peter Roberts interviews Brent Clark, CEO of our largest SME defence body, the Australian Industry & Defence Network. @AuManufacturing: The appointment of a defence industry minister in 2016 began a more public effort by the…

Labor promises an Australian Strategic Research Agency

The federal opposition has promised an Australian Strategic Research Agency in the style of highly successful overseas research models should it win the upcoming federal election. Opposition frontbencher Brendan O’Connor said the new agency would work closely with its counterparts, the ground-breaking US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the newly created UK Advanced…