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Automated Solutions Australia and US-based Aerobotix develop robotics partnership for hypersonic missiles

The two companies have agreed to leverage one another’s expertise in automation to support the development, testing and manufacturing of hypersonic missiles.

The two companies have agreed to leverage one another’s expertise in automation to support the development, testing and manufacturing of hypersonic missiles.

Automated Solutions Australia has partnered with Alabama-based Aerobotix to establish a robotic automation partnership, designed to facilitate the development, testing and manufacturing of hypersonic missiles.

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The partnership was enabled by the AUKUS security agreement, carving a pathway for hypersonic collaboration.

Both companies specialise in turn-key robotic integration, including the precise application of paints and performance coatings.

Already, Aerobotix has gained insight into necessary robotic processes used to scan, sand, measure and paint hypersonics throughout previous tests, while ASA has supported the installation of over 100 FANUC painting robots in Australia.

It is expected that the agreement will enable the partners to work together to leverage one another’s expertise in automation, having gained an introduction to each other through robotic coating automation industry.

“We’ll work with the US State Department for approval of any technology transfer for ASA,” Josh Tuttle, Aerobotix business development manager, said.

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“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.”  

It is hoped that ASA will facilitate the development of hypersonic capabilities in Australia.

“Aerobotix has already deployed several production robotic systems for hypersonics,” Nathan Jones, ASA general manager, said.

“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.”   

[Related: AUKUS expands into hypersonics, provides submarine update]

Automated Solutions Australia and US-based Aerobotix develop robotics partnership for hypersonic missiles
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