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Deakin University wins Defence R&D grant

Defence has invested in the development of virtual naval firefighting technology.

Defence has invested in the development of virtual naval firefighting technology.

Deakin University has secured a $5.13 million contract from the Commonwealth government for the continued development of an augmented and virtual naval firefighting system for the Australian Defence Force.

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Deakin researchers are set to collaborate with industry partners KBR and FLAIM to explore a solution that combines virtual reality and augmented reality with artificial intelligence to deliver an immersive training system for naval firefighting.

“Deakin University’s new system will provide the ADF with a more diverse and realistic range of naval firefighting and training options that could significantly improve learning outcomes and safety,” Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said.

“This investment highlights the innovative research and development that Australia’s sovereign industry is capable of producing and exporting.”

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said this contract would enhance Deakin University’s reputation on the international stage.

“Deakin University has executed more than 165 contracts with the Australian Defence Department, highlighting the important role our region’s institutions can play in driving innovation and generating cutting-edge capability in support of the ADF,” Senator Henderson said.

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“This contract follows the signing of the $1 billion agreement between Hanwha Defense Australia and the Morrison government to produce Howitzers for the Australian Army, cementing our region’s position at the forefront of Australia’s defence industry for decades to come."

The Commonwealth government has invited industry and research organisations to submit innovation proposals through the Defence Innovation Portal.

 [Related: Victorian firm lands defence innovation deal]

Deakin University wins Defence R&D grant
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