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BAE, Burwell Technologies test Hunter Class modules

BAE Systems Maritime Australia undertook blast testing with Burwell Technologies to better understand the Hunter Class frigate program.

BAE Systems Maritime Australia undertook blast testing with Burwell Technologies to better understand the Hunter Class frigate program.

BAE Systems Maritime Australia recently engaged Burwell Technologies to demonstrate its robotic blast capabilities for use on the Hunter Class frigate, BAE Systems Australia confirmed.


Burwell Technologies of Sydney undertook robotic blast trials in order to better understand the shortcomings of the maritime equipment. It is expected that this trial will help create a more robust prototype for the Hunter Class frigate.

The trials were executed in BAE designed and constructed six metre modules.

Alastair Bacon, BAE Systems Maritime Australia Global Combat Ship manufacturing director, welcomed the announcement.

“We are delivering digital shipbuilding in a way that has never before been done in this country – in particular we are seeking to apply a number of technologies from adjacent sectors such as robotics and industry 4.0, Bacon said.

“We know that technology and manufacturing capability will evolve across the three batches of Hunter Class frigates, and it’s vital that we continue to look at new ways of working and advanced and innovative manufacturing methods, which will improve productivity, quality and safety outcomes at the state-of-the-art shipyard at Osborne.”


Damian Williams, chief operating officer of Burwell Technologies and Sabre Autonomous Solutions, outlined that this demonstrated how the company has maintained their position as a market leader with leading technology.

“Through our investment in Sabre Autonomous Solutions and its robotic blast technology, we are striving to ensure that we remain on the forefront of industry technological advancements,” Williams said.

“This technology ensures, first and foremost, that humans no longer have to carry out blasting within confined spaces, such as those commonly found on ships.

“We are extremely excited at the prospect of working with BAE Systems Maritime Australia and utilising our technology on the Hunter Class frigate program, with our goal to deploy robotic blast technology into Australian Defence programs and beyond.”

[Related: BAE Systems to begin electronic warfare integration for F-15s]

Liam Garman

Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Liam began his career as a speech writer at New South Wales Parliament before working for world leading campaigns and research agencies in Sydney and Auckland. Throughout his career, Liam has managed and executed a range of international media and communications campaigns spanning politics, business, industrial relations and infrastructure. He’s since shifted his attention to researching and writing extensively on geopolitics and defence, specifically in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney and is undertaking a Masters in Strategy and Security from UNSW Canberra.
BAE, Burwell Technologies test Hunter Class modules
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