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Multimillion-dollar defence deal for Brisbane SME

Defence Industry Minister, Melissa Price has confirmed a $10 million subcontract collaboration between Leidos Australia and a Brisbane-based, veteran-owned SME to support the LAND 2110 Phase 1B project.

Defence Industry Minister, Melissa Price has confirmed a $10 million subcontract collaboration between Leidos Australia and a Brisbane-based, veteran-owned SME to support the LAND 2110 Phase 1B project.

Leidos Australia has announced it has selected Australian veteran-owned defence supplier, EPE, to support the Australian Department of Defence’s LAND 2110 Phase 1B project.

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Under the subcontract, Leidos Australia and EPE will deliver critical defence capabilities in the area of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defence (CBRND) to the Australian Department of Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG).

As a subcontractor, EPE will provision LCD 3.3 person worn chemical detectors and FILMARRAY biological confirmatory systems to protect Australian Defence personnel from chemical and biological agents.

“EPE is proud to be a veteran-owned business with veteran employees who have served worldwide in specialist EOD, CIED and CBRN roles,” said Warwick Penrose, owner of EPE.
 
“We are pleased to collaborate with Leidos and leverage our core business to provide specialist capabilities to our Australian Defence community.”
 
This is the fourth major subcontract awarded under the LAND2110 Phase 1B project, bringing the total amount awarded to more than $57 million.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said EPE received a $300,000 funding boost last year from the federal government’s Defence Innovation Hub to help the business expand and develop its technologies. 

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“What this shows is that our record investment in Australia’s defence capability is helping businesses grow and succeed, all while building a strong and sustainable defence industry,” Minister Price said.
 
“EPE’s selection is indicative of the depth and capability of the defence industry in Queensland and Australia more broadly.” 
 
Federal Member for Brisbane Trevor Evans said EPE specialises in technologies to protect personnel from emerging threats such as the risk of chemical and biological attacks. 
 
“EPE will provide a detection capability that is critical to enabling the protection of Defence personnel in chemical and biological threat environments,” Evans said. 

EPE partners with Primes to deliver capability to the Australian Defence Force and is also a Prime Vendor to the New Zealand Defence Force, providing innovative solutions that protect our clients from an array of current and emerging threats. 

 “EPE is proud to be a veteran-owned business with veteran employees who have served worldwide in specialist EOD, CIED and CBRN roles,” said Warwick Penrose, owner of EPE.
 
“We are pleased to collaborate with Leidos and leverage our core business to provide specialist capabilities to our Australian Defence community.”

Leidos is a Fortune 500 information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defence, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. 

For more information, visit the Austender website at www.tenders.gov.au.
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