The Royal Navy is set to receive two new patrol boats from UK based boat builder, Marine Specialised Technology (MST). They were awarded a £9.9-million ($12.9 million) contract to build the new boats which will replace the Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron fast patrol craft.
According to Marine Specialised Technology (MST), construction started last month (July 2020) and they will provide four years of local in-service support. The first vessel is due in late 2021 and the second will be ready in the first quarter of 2022.
Unmanned ground vehicles are not a new concept but the latest project from Estonia-based Milrem Robotics and Belgium’s John Cockerill Defense could represent the future of unmanned warfare. Milrem’s Type-X Robotic Combat Vehicle is modular in design and equipped with the Cockerill turret. The platform was built specifically for unmanned armoured vehicles under 12 tonnes destined for rapid deployment.
Cold spray technology has been implemented as a coating process for decades and now it’s being used as a form of 3D printing. While it’s ideally suited for pure metals and alloys, it can also be used on metallic glasses, metal matrix composites and often polymers as well.
Australia’s dedicated submarine sustainment organisation, ASC, partnered with the CSIRO and DMTC Limited, has turned to cold spray 3D printing (additive manufacturing) to maintain and repair its fleet of Collins Class submarines.
The Royal Navy is set to develop 100-foot long
unmanned robotic submarines which could soon complement the conventional manned
submarine fleet. An investment of up to £2.5 million has been set aside by the
British government for the research and development of this extra-large
With all the fuss over Brexit and other issues, the UK
defence industry remains a shining light in the manufacturing sector. While there
are several “secret projects” nobody can talk about (just like in the movies), BAE
Systems and MBDA opened their doors to The Manufacturer with an invitation to
tour their facilities.
In this rare behind-the-scenes look, you will see some
of the incredible developments within the UK defence industry. You will find
out all you need to about inflatable sea boats, radar systems,
microelectronics, missiles and Environmental Stress Screening. Before we get
started, let’s take a closer look at BAE Systems and MBDA.