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The Whiskey Project wins $7 million Defence Innovation Hub contract

The Whiskey Project Group’s new tactical watercraft conducts trials on Sydney Harbour. Photo: Defence

The Whiskey Project has won a $7 million contract from the defence Innovation Hub to develop next-generation, high-performance watercraft for the ADF.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price welcomed the investment in The Whiskey Project, one of the biggest by the Hub.

The Whiskey Project integrates cutting-edge technologies and a highly innovative hull form in the design of its new tactical watercraft.

Existing forms of tactical watercraft, like Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boats (RHIBs), are used by the Royal Australia Navy to provide high-speed interception and boarding capability.

The small maritime design and manufacturing firm’s watercraft will incorporate composite material technology and a novel ‘sea blade’ hull that provides enhanced stability, and reduced shock and vibration, that could be adapted to meet multiple Defence needs.

“This investment will support The Whiskey Project’s development of local naval design and manufacturing know-how that translates to an advantage for the Australian Defence Force and strengthens our performance in maritime operations,” Minister Price said.

Industry and research organisations can submit innovation proposals through the Defence Innovation Portal at

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