08 Jun 2017
SME XTEK has been propelled into the major league of local defence contractors, with the Commonwealth’s $101 million investment by far the largest in the company’s 40 year history.
If the Bremen based company is successful, ASC Shipbuilding/Forgacs will build a modified Luerssen OPV design.
The issue of sovereignty will be one of the highest profile issues, given the importance of Australia maintaining a sovereign submarine capability.
The Inquiry into the Defence Industry in NSW by the State Development Committee aims to investigate opportunities to grow the defence industry to boost economic development.
Engine testing verified the upgrade can provide a 5 to 6 per cent fuel burn improvement and a 6 to 10 per cent thrust increase across the F-35 flight envelope.
The proposed DMRT design is portable with low-power requirements and includes Boeing’s Weapons Tactics Trainer system, which incorporates sonobuoy and ocean acoustics modelling.
A new proximity fuse gives ground forces the ability to engage small, elusive targets such as Unmanned Aerial Systems.
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