June 22, 2022
Aerobotix and Automated Solutions Australia (ASA) have announced a robotic automation international partnership to develop, test and manufacture hypersonic missiles. The partnership follows a 2021 signing of the AUKUS security pact between the U.S., U.K. and Australian governments, which includes provisions for the allies to work together on hypersonic and counter-hypersonic systems.
The collaboration with Aerobotix will enable the Australian defense sector and defense contractors to more easily access both companies’ expertise in automation. The two companies worked together in the robotic coating automation space and are now working together to pursue p projects for which a sovereign presence is required.
“We’ll work with the U.S. State Department for approval of any technology transfer for ASA,” said Josh Tuttle, a business development manager at Aerobotix. “We’ll also help ASA in other ways. For example, we can save them years of costly development work by sharing how to robotically spray FIREX RX-2390 Thermal Protection System coatings for missile manufacturing.”
Both companies are turnkey robotic integration companies that specialize in the precise application of paints and performance coatings. Aerobotix uses robotics to scan, sand, measure and paint hypersonic missiles, and has a relationship with FANUC that has resulted in the installation of more than 100 FANUC painting robots in Australia. With the backing of Aerobotix, ASA said it has the expertise and technical capability to overcome the most difficult automation challenges in precision-coating applications.”
“Aerobotix has already deployed several production robotic systems for hypersonics,” said Nathan Jones, general manager of ASA. “They’re even making critical test parts for programs that haven’t had time to build production facilities. Their willingness to support our company, and Australia, is going to significantly reduce costs, schedule delays and program risk.”
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