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Australian Leading Edge Superconductor Mine Sweeping System Revealed

Australia is a leading exporter of mine sweeping equipment.
by Staff Writers
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 02, 2006
The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon. Sandy Macdonald, today unveiled a new class of highly advanced sea mine sweeping technology being developed by Australia's Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO). During a visit to DSTO Sydney, Senator Macdonald witnessed a demonstration of the new technology.

The new system is based around high temperature superconducting magnet technology and represents a leap forward in magnetic mine sweeping. Australia is believed to be the only country in the world currently investigating the application of high temperature superconductors to sea mine warfare.

"The superconducting magnet, developed by DSTO, is another world-leading advance in mine sweeping technology which will maintain Australia's reputation as a leader in mine warfare," Senator Macdonald said.

Minesweepers are vital for keeping sea-lanes safe for naval and commercial shipping. "Australia is already a leading exporter of mine sweeping equipment. This new technology is designed to complement current systems but has the added benefit of being smaller, lighter and more portable."

"This makes it a flexible device that can be transported by air, allowing the Australian Defence Force to deploy the system to any area of operation and tow it from almost any available vessel."

"This development will also ultimately mean more jobs and increased exports for Australia," Senator Macdonald said.

The initial Australian Minesweeping and Support System was first conceived by DSTO in Sydney more than two decades ago. Today's demonstration highlights the latest advancements in mine-sweeping technologies.

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