The Australian Army hosted its sixth Innovation Day at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra today, with defence industry specialists pitching their ideas in a shark-tank style forum to Army and Defence Industry Hub officials.
Defence Industry Minster Melissa Price said Army Innovation Day (AID) was an opportunity for industry to present novel capability options that can shape Army’s approach to challenges in the land combat environment.
“This year’s theme, network assurance, will ensure the Army’s communication networks are more resilient, agile and protected against adversaries,” Minister Price said.
Minister Price added, “Australia’s defence industry is a source of strength for the Army. In addition to the companies pitching technology for this year’s exhibition, several companies are also showcasing past Army Innovation Day success stories.”
Army continuously explores new ideas and builds relationships with defence industry, academia and our international partners on the latest developments in technology and war-fighting capabilities. AID is an opportunity for defence industry to present a range of unique, innovative ideas and future technologies not currently operational or in development.
In line with this year’s innovation theme of network assurance, submissions should advance Army’s network resilience, boost network agility, network defences, or deceive adversaries regarding the disposition and characteristics of land networks.
Innovation proposals are to be received via Defence Innovation Hub Portal within four weeks of publication and will go through selection process to assess against a set criteria of uniqueness, innovation and ability to improve effectiveness and efficiency of Defence.
“It is really exciting that some of the new technologies on display today may be trialled by soldiers in the field over the next 12 months,” Minister Price said.
Army Innovation Day is a joint venture between Army and the Defence Innovation Hub, with selected companies showcasing a range of the latest technological advancements on this year’s theme.