The NSW Defence Innovation Network (DIN) Strategic Investment Initiative is expected to commence research into undersea acoustic communications and sensing technologies.
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NSW Minister for Industry and Trade Stuart Ayres has recently confirmed that the NSW government will support the development of integrated undersea acoustic communications and sensing technologies, aimed at supporting long-distance covert underwater communications.
The program, pioneered by the NSW Defence Innovation Network (DIN) Strategic Investment Initiative, was kickstarted with $500,000 in funding from the NSW government and the Commonwealth’s Next Generation Technologies Fund.
According to a release from the minister’s office, the project is aiming to develop a prototype built upon orthogonal time-frequency space signalling.
Amidst the recent AUKUS announcement, the DIN has welcomed the opportunity to help deliver Australian capability enhancements across artificial intelligence, cyber warfare, underwater capabilities and quantum technologies.
The project sheds light on the state’s role in developing future capabilities for the Australian Defence Force, Minister Ayres said.
“This critical covert undersea sensing and communications project will lead to greater opportunities through increased collaboration between industry and academia to commercialise defence technologies and create jobs for the people of NSW,” he said.
The project will draw together expertise from Macquarie University, the University of Newcastle, the University of Sydney, University of Wollongong, UNSW, University of Technology Sydney and Western Sydney University.
Air Vice-Marshal (Ret’d) Kym Osley, NSW defence advocate, explained that the DIN Strategic Investment Initiative was an opportunity for Defence, industry and academia to collaborate to broaden Australia’s defence capabilities in line with the NSW government’s Defence and Industry Strategy: Strong, Smart and Connected.
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