A rash of new ventures and partnerships are increasingly aligning Australia to foreign sources of technology and providing access to global supply chains.
Just this week new agreements have been announced in sectors ranging from automation to shipbuilding and R&D.
Sage Automation will work with Spain’s Detegasa to support RAN ships and to manufacture locally to equip the new Hunter class frigates.
Rheinmetall Defence Australia and Brisbane-based NIOA will invest $60 million in a new artillery munitions factory at Maryborough, Queensland, creating100 jobs.
Rheinmetall and the Defence Science and Technology Group are also to develop autonomous vehicle systems for the army.
Shipbuilder ASC and France’s Endel Engie have joined together to work on Australia’s new submarines.
Also in Adelaide Redarc Electronics and Rowlands Metalworks celebrated a MOU with Germany’s C2 and Raytheon Anschütz to partner on future frigate manufacture.
The agreements boost future local content, technology and skills transfer and, significantly, give access to global sales opportunities.
Defence manufacturers are maturing, adding to Australia’s national defence infrastructure.
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