Government, with Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, has awarded Rolls-Royce
Submarines with a £235m contract to support nuclear propulsion systems for the
Royal Navy’s nuclear-powered submarines. They have also revealed the name of the
third Dreadnought submarine that will add to their already powerful naval defence.
It is called HMS Warspite in memory of the last ‘great ship’ built during the
reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
contract stipulates, Rolls-Royce will deliver the required support, advice and
materials to ensure the safety of the propulsion systems. The multi-million-pound
deal relates to the current Trafalgar, Vanguard and Astute class submarine
fleet until 2022. The contract will also help sustain approximately 500 jobs in
the UK mainly in Derby, HMNB Clyde and HMNB Devonport.
The defence sector is a demanding industry as companies from all over the world compete for new innovations and technologies. From tanks and armoured personnel carriers to autonomous vehicles and helicopters, countries are always looking to expand their defence forces.
We’ve recently covered some really interesting defence technologies ranging from micro drones to UAVs and military robots. Looking at some of the developments from 2018, the Israeli Defence Force springs to mind.
China continues to impress with their latest innovation, new stealth combat drones known as Tian Ying (CH-7). It featured at the air show in Zhuhai, a biannual event that showcases China’s latest developments in military and civilian aviation. There were several Chinese state-owned arms companies also displaying their drones. It appears China is investing heavily in unmanned aircraft with plans to develop drones capable of flying from one of its future aircraft carriers. Could this be a role for the CH-7 to fulfil?
According to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, more than 350 private Chinese firms are now capable of making unmanned aerial, surface or ground vehicles. Continue reading →
3D printing, often referred to as Additive Manufacturing (AM) is the sequential layering of materials using computers to create three-dimensional shapes. The process appears relatively simple as a 3D digital model of the item is created. This is done either through computer aided design (CAD) or using a 3D scanner.
The printer reads the design and “prints” successive layers of a medium, either liquid, powder, or sheet material. These are joined together or fused to create the final product or item. While the 3d printing process can sometimes be slow, it can create almost any shape which is particularly useful for geometrically complex components.
The future of construction lies with robots getting down and dirty while implementing 3D printing technology. And now, 3D printing has found yet another purpose with the US military building barracks using a large 3D printer. Continue reading →
Plating services are important in any industry but particularly for the application in military vehicles. The brave men and women in our armed forces are often required to place themselves in dangerous situations. For that reason, the quality of equipment and machinery they use could literally mean the difference between life and death. To protect our military personnel, the defence industry always ensures that they have the best products at their disposal. Continue reading →