Australia-based AMOG Technologies has collaborated with Thales to conduct a new research initiative into stealth technology for submarine periscopes and optronic masts.
The partnership will see the offshore and maritime engineering firm work in close cooperation with prime contractor Thales on the first phase of a technology evaluation study.
Australian Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said: “This collaborative technology development effort between local suppliers and global prime contractors is a model we encourage.”
Pyne further said that the new technology research is expected to help evaluate the patented technology that has been developed by AMOG, which is currently installed in the offshore oil and gas sector.
The research will be carried out to assess if the AMOG technology can be applied to reduce the probability of submarine masts being detected as they travel through water.
Furthermore, the new study is anticipated to involve physical testing at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston and will help to strengthen the country’s research capabilities.
The results of the study may facilitate the creation of new advanced technologies to provide additional opportunities for local module manufacture for application in submarine periscopes and masts developed at Thales’ UK-based facility.
Pyne added: “This is exactly the sort of technology innovation that we are seeking to foster in our defence industry, and it showcases a great Australian capability with applications in many sectors.
“The fact that AMOG Technologies are working together with Thales to exploit a technology they have already successfully applied in the civil oil and gas sector underpins our approach to leveraging and developing advanced capability for defence.”