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Government invests $3m in protective tech development

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The Commonwealth government has awarded a Victorian company a $3 million contract to develop cutting-edge technology that aims to improve the protective equipment used by the Australian Defence Force.

The Commonwealth government has awarded a Victorian company a $3 million contract to develop cutting-edge technology that aims to improve the protective equipment used by the Australian Defence Force.

DMTC Limited will use its funding, awarded through the Defence Innovation Hub, to explore the application of the ground-breaking textile technology within the ADF.

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The technology could prove to be an important development in protective equipment used by the ADF and for civilian applications, according to Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price.

“DMTC will use innovative textile technology to develop a light-weight prototype chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear protective suit,” Minister Price said.

“This suit has the potential to reduce heat exhaustion and fatigue during very arduous activities.   

“Innovations that will protect our ADF against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents, demonstrate the ingenuity of Australian industry and the positive impact of partnering with Defence to build sovereign industry capability.”

DMTC Limited operates under a novel, co-operative structure designed to bring together leading industry partners, universities and research organisations to develop innovative, cutting-edge technology with the aim of enhancing ADF capability.

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The Defence Innovation Hub invests in innovations generated by Australian industry, and research organisations, with a view to strengthening Australia’s sovereign defence industrial base over time.

Industry and research organisations can submit innovation proposals through the Defence Innovation Portal at: www.innovationhub.defence.gov.au.

[Related: US approves Growler sale to ADF]

Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha Tupas

Journalist – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Nastasha is a Journalist at Momentum Media, she reports extensively across veterans issues, cyber security and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific. Previously, she was a Content Producer at Verizon Media, a Digital Producer for Yahoo! 7 and Channel 7, a Digital Journalist at Sky News Australia, as well as a Website Manager and Digital Producer at SBS Australia. She started her career in media as a Video Producer and Digital News Presenter at News Corp Australia.

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