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SME Support for Maritime Robotic Technology in Defence

SME Support for Maritime Robotic Technology in Defence

11-Nov-2014 Darren Burrowes, Chief Technology Officer at UVS will speak at the Australian Defence Engineering Conference in Melbourne in November 2014 on the contribution by Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) manufacturing and engineering to Australia’s defence capability.

New robotic technologies of Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV), Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) and Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV) enable new “game changing” capabilities in the harsh conditions of the deep-ocean and remote seas. The Royal Australian Navy has operated ROVs since the 1990s and now operates several types of robotic vehicles for applications ranging from minewarfare to maritime ranges. UVS and ATSA Defence Services have provided support for these vehicles types since 2000. UVS and ATSA have developed a significant engineering capability for support of the leading-edge engineering technologies embodied in marine robotic technology. UVS manufactures components for RAN systems locally and exports globally to naval customers operating in the world’s oceans.

“The support provided by UVS and ATSA and lessons learned in SME support for a highly-engineered strategic capability has provided a “win-win” for Defence in Australia”, said Darren Burrowes, “UVS and ATSA have been able to proactively address local support issues for Navy and provide value-for money support and engineering. At the same a stable business has matured providing more than thirty high-tech jobs in offices in Newcastle, Melbourne and Perth”. UVS was founded in 1973 and is active in several market areas including Offshore Oil & Gas, Oceanographic research and Hydrographic survey. ATSA is the specialist defence service arm of UVS and was a start-up as a result of the Minehunter Coastal program and supports over $50m of equipment operated by the RAN minewarfare force.

Wave Glider Autonomous Surface Vehicle supported 
in Australia by UVS for the Defence Material Office

Double Eagle Mine Disposal Vehicle supported 
in Australia by ATSA for the Royal Australian Navy

UVS has support the BAE Systems bid for
SEA 1778 with the REMUS
the only combat proven AUV
currently in service with 17 naval operators worldwide


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