$5.9 MILLION INNOVATION BOOST TO AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE INDUSTRY

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP today announced five Defence Innovation Hub innovation contracts totalling $5.9 million.

20th Oct 2017


 

$5.9 MILLION INNOVATION BOOST TO AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE INDUSTRY

 

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP today announced five Defence Innovation Hub innovation contracts totalling $5.9 million.

 

Minister Pyne said this investment demonstrated the government’s commitment to supporting local Defence industry while developing new capabilities.

 

“Included in today’s announcement is a $2.9 million innovation contract to Western Australia-based L3 Oceania, who will explore the development of an underwater acoustic sensor providing significant benefits within the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) maritime domain,” Minister Pyne said.

 

“Also announced today is an innovation contract worth $2.2 million to University of Newcastle in New South Wales who will explore the development of enhanced resilience training for ADF personnel through virtual reality based training sessions involving controlled exposure to adverse environments.”

 

“These investments will drive growth in defence industry and innovation whilst focusing on the capability needs required to ensure Australia’s national security now and into the future.”

 

Minister Pyne said the Defence Innovation Hub has received a strong interest since its launch in December 2016, and has invested around $20 million to industry and research organisations across the nation to mature and further develop defence technologies.

 

“I look forward to seeing more of these valuable and exciting ideas as we harness the innovation potential of Australia’s defence industry through the Defence Innovation Hub,” Minister Pyne said.

 

Industry, academic and research organisations can continue to submit proposals through the Defence Innovation Portal at www.business.gov.au/cdic.

 

A detailed list of the innovation contracts is below:

 

Organisation

Contract Value

Description of Innovation

L3 Oceania (WA)

$2.9 million

To explore the development an underwater acoustic sensor that could provide significant benefits within the ADF maritime domain.

University of Newcastle (NSW)

$2.2 million

To explore the development of enhanced resilience training for ADF personnel through a set of virtual reality based training sessions involving controlled exposure to adverse environments

Agent Oriented Software (Vic)

$378,000

To explore the concept of an autonomous teamed intelligent software agent capability resilient to cyber-attacks.

Explosive Protective Equipment (QLD)

$242,000

To explore the integration of a Cobham Amulet Ground Penetrating Radar into an existing unmanned ground vehicle for detection of improvised explosive devices.

Griffith University  (QLD)

$183,000

To explore the development of a portable device that enables real-time detection of airborne biological threats, such as fungi spores, viruses and bacteria.

 

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