Defence innovation hub announces more contracts

The third tranche of contracts under the Defence Innovation Hub have been released, with the contracts totalling $5.9 million.

Five contracts were awarded, two to Queensland, and one each to Western Australia, NSW and Victoria.

Queensland's Explosive Protective Equipment received a $242,000 contract 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, also in Queensland, was awarded a $183,000 contract to explore the development of a portable device that enables real-time detection of airborne biological threats, such as fungi spores, viruses and bacteria.

WA's L3 Oceania received $2.9 million, the largest contract of this tranche, to explore the development an underwater acoustic sensor that could provide significant benefits within the ADF maritime domain.

NSW's University of Newcastle was given $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.

And in Victoria, Agent Oriented Software received $378,000 to explore the concept of an autonomous teamed intelligent software agent capability resilient to cyber attacks.

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher 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.

"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.

"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."

Investments from the first tranche totalled $800,000 while the second tranche of investments came in at $12.3 million.

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

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