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Chapter 13

I Colonial Origins

II First World War

III Between The World Wars

IV The Second World War

V Post-second World War

VI After The Joint Project

VII Science And Decisions At The Top

VIII Armed Services Technology
i Army Design
ii Navy Design
iii Air Force Investigations
iv Food Science

IX New Tasks And Projects

X Transfer Of Research And Development

XI Acknowledgement



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Navy Design

The nature of naval equipment tended to limit the scope of Australian support. The Naval Technical Service undertook, in the 1960s, the planning in detail of a family of light destroyers, using a common hull design, to fulfil various missions with different equipment fits. The roles included anti-submarine, anti-aircraft and patrol interdiction and fire support. Specialised equipment would be required such as the Ikara anti-submarine missile system, anti-aircraft guided missiles, electronic warfare systems, information and control systems for helicopter operation and associated patrol vessels fuel systems. A contract was issued to a British firm to undertake specialised design, but the project was cancelled in 1972 on the score of high potential cost and high risk. Another vessel, a mine hunter, offered scope for incorporating advanced technology.[69] A catamaran configuration having composite glass fibre and rigid plastic foam construction was conceived. Tests carried out by the DSTO ensured that this form of construction could withstand the loading imposed by close under water explosions. Naturally the use of ferrous materials had to be avoided as far as practicable and the location of electric cables arranged to avoid the creation of electro magnet induction loops within the earth's magnetic field. Construction of two 170-tonne prototype mine hunters was ordered in 1983 from Carrington Slipways Pty Ltd of Newcastle. A high technology sub-system for remote destruction of a detected mine was to be supplied by a French company, there being no tenders received from Australian firms.

Figure 17

17 RAN catamaran

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Carrington Slipways Pty Ltd, Newcastle

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