CANBERRA, ($1 = 1.40 Australian dollars) – Defense company Thales Australia is preparing to start production of M795 155mm artillery shells in 2022, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing the Defense Brief. To date, Thales Australia has successfully passed US Department of Defense certification.
Over the past 10 years, Australia has been a steady supplier of TNT and other explosives to US defense companies producing BLU-126 and BLU-111 artillery shells and aerial bombs.
To organize its local projectile production, Thales Australia had to go through a 3-year certification process. It is known that the production of M795 artillery shells in Australia will take place in Benali, Victoria.
The production process will include the following steps in the production line: filling the steel shells with explosive TNT, final assembly of the ammunition and verification of compliance with US Army and Australian Armed Forces criteria.
Australian Thales Australia has yet to reveal the full cost of organizing its 155mm artillery shell production.
The United States and Australia will build hypersonic missiles
The United States and Australia are constantly working on the development of a hypersonic cruise missile as part of the Southern Cross Integrated Flight Science Experiment. [SCIFiRE] program. As Breaking Defense writes, the aforementioned SCIFiRE should be read as a natural derivative of Allied hypersonic propulsion efforts dating back to 2007.
The Americans and Australians focused on this potentially revolutionary technology as part of the international hypersonic flight research experiment. [HIFiRE] project. At the same time, it is pointed out that the potential development of SCIFiRE would be an ideal bridge project before the development of the DARPA concept within the framework of hypersonic technologies, ie.
It is also noted that Australia offers one of the best infrastructures in the world for testing hypersonic technologies. This applies to closed installations where the operation of drives up to 30 Mach can be developed. At the same time, Australian landfills can be very good at testing specific solutions that are already outside the lab.
The Americans, of course, have enormous scientific, technological and financial capabilities, not to mention the extent of the activities of American defense companies developing their research on hypersonic propulsion.
The new hypersonic missile itself will equip the planes currently used by the armed forces of the two countries and will carry a warhead with a conventional payload. As Breaking Defense reported, contracts for the next phase of the program have been awarded to Boeing and Lockheed Martin, but it’s still possible that Raytheon could be admitted to the next phase as well.
Testing should take place in the mid-20s. Finally, if implemented, the new weapons will be delivered to the F/A-18 Hornet, EA-18 Growler, P-8A Poseidon and F-35A Lightning II machines.
Thanks to SCIFiRE, hypersonic missiles will be part of the arsenal of small planes, not just bombers. It is expected that with the new design, unit missile prices may also be reduced from current ones.
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