Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA
defence connect logo

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

Rheinmetall wins 5G innovation grant

The defence contractor is set to leverage government funding to develop autonomous vehicle technology with 5G capability.

The defence contractor is set to leverage government funding to develop autonomous vehicle technology with 5G capability.

The Commonwealth government has awarded a grant to Rheinmetall Defence Australia under its 5G Innovation Initiative, aimed at supporting the testing and development of 5G uses, applications, services and products.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Rheinmetall has confirmed the grant would help fund its Advanced Firefighting Concept (AFC) program, focused on developing autonomous vehicle technology with 5G and drone-based communication relay systems.

The AFC, developed in response to the 2019-20 bushfires and modelled on the German Army MARDER platform, aims to reduce the risk to frontline firefighters.

“This ex-military vehicle has been transformed into a firefighting vehicle capable of traversing dangerous terrains to support rescue, path clearing and firefighting missions over distances in excess of 100 kilometres,” the company’s managing director, Gary Stewart, said.

Rheinmetall will work alongside telecommunications giant Telstra to use an uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of creating a communications relay device to establish a 5G network to the remote firefighting vehicle.

“Rheinmetall is pleased to be partnering with Telstra and is looking forward to commencing tests at MILVEHCOE, our state-of-the-art facility in south-east Queensland,” Stewart added.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Rheinmetall Defence Australia has invested over $10 million into advanced autonomous systems research and development, alongside the CSIRO, DSTG, RMIT University and the Queensland University of Technology.

This announcement comes just weeks after Rheinmetall Defence Australia was shortlisted for the LAND 125 Phase 4 project.

Defence is seeking an industry partner to provide prime vendor services for product acquisition, integration and support to help deliver an Integrated Soldier System (ISS) for the Australian Army.

The ISS is expected to embed all elements and subsystems used, worn or carried by soldiers in any operational context or environment for up to 72 hours without resupply.

The prime has invited industry stakeholders to register their interest via its RDA Supplier Portal.

[Related; Rheinmetall Defence Australia in the running for LAND 125]

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

Rheinmetall wins 5G innovation grant
Rheinmetall_AFC-program_dc.jpg
lawyersweekly logo

more from defence connect

Jul 1 2022
Cyber businesses encouraged to take part in defence awards
As Defence Connect eagerly gears up to host the 2022 Australian Defence Industry Awards, we’re encouraging all defence cyber bus...
Jul 4 2022
HMAS Supply trials Phalanx close-in weapon system (CIWS)
Defence has confirmed that the HMAS Supply has successfully undertaken a trial of the Phalanx close-in weapon system as part of ...
Jul 4 2022
HMAS Ararat decommissioned in Top End
The patrol boat will no longer represent the Royal Australian Navy on official deployments after 16 years in service. ...