In a huge local business announcement yesterday, Madison-based robotics company Aerobotix said it is entering in to an international partnership with Automated Solutions Australia for the development, testing and manufacturing of hypersonic missiles.
The collaboration will enable the Australian defense sector and Australian defense contractors to more easily access the automation expertise of both companies.
What this partnership means
The partnership follows the 2021 signing of the AUKUS security pact between the U.S., U.K. and Australian Governments, which includes provisions for the allies to work together on hypersonic and counter-hypersonic capabilities.
The Aerobotix-ASA collaboration will enable the Australian defense sector and Australian defense contractors to more easily access both companies’ expertise in automation.
“We’ll work with the U.S. State Department for approval of any technology transfer for ASA. 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.”Josh Tuttle, Aerobotix Business Development Manager
ASA’s relationship with FANUC has resulted in the installation of more than 100 FANUC painting robots in Australia. Now, with the backing of Aerobotix, ASA has the expertise and technical capability to overcome the most difficult automation challenges in precision coating applications.
How these companies came together
So how do two companies on opposite ends of the globe start a partnership like this?
The two companies became acquainted through their mutual capabilities in the robotic coating automation industry and are now working together to pursue projects for which a sovereign presence is required.
Aerobotix and ASA are both turn-key robotic integration companies with specialized capabilities in the precise application of paints and performance coatings. Aerobotix has accumulated invaluable experience in the use of robotics to scan, sand, measure and paint hypersonic missiles on multiple successful missile programs.
“Aerobotix has already deployed several production robotic systems for hypersonics. 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.”Nathan Jones, ASA General Manager