Building Defense Capability by Investing in Innovation

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The Defense Innovation Hub has awarded contracts worth $27 million to ten Australian companies to build advanced capabilities for the Australian Defense Force.

Pat Conroy, Minister of Defense Industry, said: “Investing in Australian innovation is essential to strengthening our national defense capability.

“The contracts announced reflect the ingenuity of Australia’s defense industry and the Albanian government’s commitment to building a strong sovereign industrial base.”

Defense partners with Tasmanian innovator AMC Search in a $2.07 million deal to develop a set of sovereign sensor modules for autonomous underwater vehicles, which could improve efficiency and endurance of maritime platforms.

A $3.17 million contract with BAE Systems Australia will develop a long-range passive surveillance sensor system that could provide early warning capability for incoming threats.

Three contracts are concluded with companies based in Queensland, with a collective value of $10.4 million. These projects aim to develop technologies to enhance the Australian Army’s training capabilities and operational effectiveness.

Under a $4.08 million contract, Athena AI will develop an automated decision support tool. This innovation aims to apply artificial intelligence to provide quick guidance to the user when making tactical decisions under pressure.

A $3.72 million contract with CUBIC Defense Australia will seek to develop a deployable waste-to-energy system, with the potential to convert waste into sanitized biofuel to provide supplemental power to bases.

In Queensland, a $2.63 million contract with BIA5 will see it continue to develop an innovative electronic flare device that could help our soldiers secure and effectively guard areas on the modern battlefield.

Two contracts, collectively worth $3.6 million, have been awarded to companies based in South Australia to develop technologies to improve maritime safety.

A $437,000 contract with Acacia Systems aims to develop an immersive platform to improve decision-maker capability using Maritime Command Team tactical data and recordings of stress, fatigue and action operator.

Industry and research organizations can submit innovation proposals through the Defense Innovation Portal here.

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