Three Australian small businesses from Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney have become the latest companies to secure contracts to further develop their innovative technologies through the Defence Innovation Hub.
Sydney-based Omega Dev Group was awarded a $44,000 contract, which will aim to develop facial protection that integrates with current Australian Defence Force protective equipment for use in training scenarios, which could provide a more realistic training environment that ensures the safety of ADF personnel, while Melbourne's Seer Security landed a $268,000 contract to explore a data platform to strengthen Android application security.
Adelaide-based company Mincham Aviation was awarded a $272,000 contract, the largest contract of this tranche, which aims to explore the development of a tube-launched unmanned aerial vehicle. The proposed innovation could allow operators to accurately deliver payloads from ships in adverse weather conditions.
Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne congratulated the companies and spoke of the importance industry plays in contributing to the defence of Australia.
"Investing in Defence innovation will not only build the innovation capabilities of Australian industry and research organisations, it will deliver innovative capability solutions for use by the Australian Defence Force," Minister Pyne said.
"The contracts in this tranche, which total $584,000, further demonstrate the government’s commitment to maximising Australian industry involvement - big or small - in meeting our Defence capability needs."
The latest tranche comes just one day after Minister Pyne announced the Australian Army partnered with the Defence Innovation Hub to award three innovation contracts to Australian industry and research organisations to develop a next generation small unmanned aerial system (SUAS).
The Defence Innovation Hub has invested over $54 million in the Australian industry and innovation sector since its launch in December 2016. Funded at around $640 million over the decade to 2025-26, the Defence Innovation Hub accepts proposals on innovations that are ready to enter the engineering and development stage.
Industry and research organisations can continue to submit proposals through the Defence Innovation Portal.