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.
Over the years advances
in technology and engineering have accounted for many innovations within the
defence sector. Last week we looked at naval vessels and today, we focus on the
Challenger 2 MK2 Black Night Battle Tanks.
The original Challenger
2 served with distinction in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq and now, the Ministry of
Defence (MoD) has extended its service to 2035. BAE Systems have introduced the
first working prototype of the Black Night upgrade to the UK’s main battle
tank, Challenger 2. It features a state-of-the-art thermal imaging system and
many improved defensive systems capable of challenging anything standing in its
When we look at modern
naval vessels, the larger and more glamorous ships generally take centre stage
including the massive aircraft carriers and the ever-dangerous nuclear
submarines. However, if it weren’t for frigates, these super ships would be unable
to safely take on the open oceans.
Frigates are also
called the “eyes of the fleet” and serve as multi-purposed warships.
Their size is essentially in-between a smaller corvette and a larger destroyer where
they act independently of the fleet and can free up larger ships in
While frigates weren’t
suitable to fight with the rest of the fleet in normal battles, they were the
perfect solution to long-range solo missions. This included exploration,
patrols, escorts, blockades, anti-piracy and anti-slavery missions among