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PODCAST: Aussie start-up providing leading edge autonomous maritime capability – Robert Dane, OCIUS, and Daniel Dent, Thales

Australias defence industry start-up ecosystem is steadily growing with a number of stand out performers designing, building and testing leading-edge capabilities. In this podcast, Robert Dane, CEO of OCIUS, and Daniel Dent, research and development projects manager, underwater systems, Thales Australia, join host Phil Tarrant to discuss the growing role of Australia’s defence industry start-ups in providing a fundamental input to capability.

Australias defence industry start-up ecosystem is steadily growing with a number of stand out performers designing, building and testing leading-edge capabilities. In this podcast, Robert Dane, CEO of OCIUS, and Daniel Dent, research and development projects manager, underwater systems, Thales Australia, join host Phil Tarrant to discuss the growing role of Australia’s defence industry start-ups in providing a fundamental input to capability.

Robert Dane, chief executive and founder of NSW business OCIUS Technology, and Daniel Dent, research and development projects manager, underwater systems, Thales Australia, join host Phil Tarrant to discuss the potential for unmanned surface vessels (USVs) in the defence space and how the technology is continuing to expand to play a key role in filling capability gaps.

During this podcast, Dane and Dent discuss the increasingly powerful role of autonomous systems like the OCIUS Bluebottle USV system will play in the future battlespace, as independent surveillance sensors for naval task groups and broader maritime surveillance operations. 

The pair will also briefly discuss how the autonomous data gathering and communications platform offers a unique solar sail, continuous and wide coverage, reduced operational costs and harvests all the weather on the ocean – the sun, the wind and the waves – so it can advance under all conditions and can remain at sea for months at a time.

Dane and Dent will focus on the maximising the use of the Defence Innovation Hub Grants and the role government support plays in helping the nation’s emerging defence industry start-ups transition their ideas from concept to implementation. 

Finally, Dane and Dent will discuss the role global prime Thales has played in helping bring its unique autonomous system and ASW capabilities to supporting the development of this next-generation capability package.

Enjoy the podcast, 

The Defence Connect team

Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:

Episode 223: PODCAST: Working with industry to support AIC – Melissa Price MP, Minister for Defence Industry
Episode 222: PODCAST: Supporting Indigenous engagement and participation in defence – Norman Laing, Defence Indigenous Cultural Adviser
Episode 221: PODCAST: Innovation, R&D and national security – Dr Cathy Foley, CSIRO chief scientist
Episode 220: PODCAST: Building organic Australian capabilities – Keith Johnson, Leidos Australia
Episode 219: INSIGHT: Life after politics – Christopher Pyne, Pyne and Partners
Episode 218: INSIGHT: An Army in motion – Lieutenant General Rick Burr, AO, DSC, MVO
Episode 217: INSIGHT: Maximising local industry content and our advantages in the Indo-Pacific – Matt Keogh, shadow minister for defence industry
Episode 216: INSIGHT: Chief of Air Force on shaping the RAAF to meet an evolving strategic environment
Episode 215: INSIGHT: Capability development, interoperability and the US-Australia relationship – Mark Weinrich, US Marine Attaché, US embassy, Canberra
Episode 214: PODCAST: Maintaining agility through COVID-19 – Grant Sanderson, Electro Optic Systems

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