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SMEs secure contracts to plug defence capability gaps

The Commonwealth government has issued funding to local firms across the country, in a bid to accelerate the development of next-generation capability.

The Commonwealth government has issued funding to local firms across the country, in a bid to accelerate the development of next-generation capability.

Ten Australian businesses have secured a cumulative $3 million in contracts to respond to defence capability challenges, including cyber security, enhanced human performance, medical countermeasures, trusted autonomous systems, and integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)

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The contracts have been issued via Defence’s $36 million Industry Competitive Evaluation Research Agreement (ICERA), which forms part of the Next Generation Technologies (NGTF) initiative.

The following recipients have each secured $300,000 in funding:

NGTF theme Company name State/ Territory
Enhanced Human Performance Neoculi VIC
Cyber Sirius-Beta QLD
Medical Countermeasure Products Regeneus NSW
Enhanced Human Performance Curve Tomorrow VIC
Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Vestia VIC
Trusted Autonomous Systems AIM Defence VIC  
Cyber Operational Systems SA
Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Daronmont Technologies SA
Enhanced Human Performance Adelaide Research & Innovation SA
Trusted Autonomous Systems DEWC Systems SA

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price noted the importance of the projects, which she said would support the delivery of cutting-edge technology to the ADF.

“I am proud of the Morrison government’s support for progressive, innovative Australian SMEs,” Minister Price said.

“These companies frequently demonstrate their ability to respond to the various capability challenges identified by Defence with agility and tenacity.”

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