The Australian Army has partnered with the Defence Innovation Hub to award an Army Innovation Day contract to SYPAQ to develop and demonstrate a next-generation battlefield logistics small unmanned aerial system (UAS), called the Precision Payload Delivery System (PPDS), for use by Australian soldiers.
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This contract, valued at over $1 million, was awarded as part of Army Innovation Day 2018 using the Defence Innovation Hub’s Special Notice solicitation process.
Minister for Defence Industry Linda Reynolds thanked SYPAQ for stepping up to answer the challenges of Accelerated Warfare presented by Army, saying, "Defence units have an enduring need to be able to resupply their combat forces in the most hazardous environment. Ensuring our Defence Force personnel have the most innovative, cutting-edge technology will ensure they are supported in their mission to defend Australia and its interests on the battlefield."
Head of Land Capability, Major General Kathryn Toohey, AM, CSC, said robotic innovations were key for the Army adapting to the challenges of the modern and future battlefield.
"Army’s soldiers will get the opportunity to test this platform later this year and guide the development of advanced capabilities like the PPDS," MAJGEN Toohey said.
CEO of SYPAQ, Amanda Holt said, "Through initiatives such as the Defence Innovation Hub and Army Innovation Day, SYPAQ has had access to opportunities not typically available to small and medium sized businesses, including direct collaboration between innovators and end-users."
SYPAQ is a 100 per cent Australian owned business and, since the Defence Innovation Hub was established in December 2016, the company has been awarded five innovation contracts for concept exploration and capability demonstration.
"Army has been a fantastic partner throughout this process, and we hope that the continued development of a sovereign industrial capability will lead to significant export opportunities," Holt added.
Minister Reynolds said she was pleased to see the Defence Innovation Hub, the Australian Army and local industry partners working together to develop innovative solutions to enhance Defence capability.
Special Notices are advertised on the Defence Innovation Portal as they arise. For more information, visit www.business.gov.au/cdic.