Australian offshore and maritime engineering company AMOG Technologies has received a contract from Thales for work on new research into stealth technology for submarine periscopes and optronic masts.
Announced by the Australian defense industry minister Christopher Pyne, the contract will see the Melbourne-based firm working with Thales on the first phase of a technology evaluation study.
“This collaborative technology development effort between local suppliers and global prime contractors is a model we encourage,” minister Pyne said.
“Research will examine whether patented technology developed by AMOG Technologies, and currently deployed in the offshore oil and gas sector, has applications to reduce the probability of submarine mast detection as they cut through water.
“This study will provide a boost to Australian research capabilities and involves physical testing at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston.
“Depending on the outcomes of the research, this new technology could open up opportunities for local module manufacture for application to submarine periscopes and masts produced at Thales’ facility in the United Kingdom,” Pyne said.