The Defence Innovation Hub’s investment in innovative Australian defence industry businesses has soared past $300 million. This major milestone came with the announcement of 10 new contracts worth almost $20 million for defence industry, taking the total number of contracts signed by the Hub to over 150.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said, “This major milestone demonstrates the Morrison Government’s commitment to nurturing the Australia’s sovereign defence industry and innovation capability.
“The Defence Innovation Hub’s investment strategy has played a transformative role for Australia’s small-to-medium businesses and the way in which they innovate and support Defence requirements.
Nine of the 10 new contracts will allow the companies to continue developing promising technologies that have already benefited from previous Defence Innovation Hub funding.
Industry and research organisations can submit innovation proposals through the Defence Innovation Portal at: www.innovationhub.defence.gov.au.
Contracts announced today under the latest round of Defence Innovation Hub funding are:
|Description of innovation|
|RingIR Pty Ltd||VIC||$3.9 million||To develop a portable device capable of promptly identifying dangerous chemicals and explosives.|
|Anywise Consulting Pty Ltd||VIC||$3.1 million||To continue to develop an integrated software and device system to monitor the wear and tear of bridges in deployed environments.|
|Mission Systems Australia Pty Ltd||WA||$2.7 million||To develop a networked underwater acoustic sensor.|
|Mincham Aviation Pty Ltd||SA||$2.2 million||To continue to develop a tube-launched aerial delivery system for rapid and accurate payload delivery in maritime environments.|
|TAE Gas Turbines Pty Ltd||QLD||$2.2 million||
To develop a single-stage engine filter for the existing fleet of Abrams tanks for improved performance and efficiency.
|Marathon Targets Pty Ltd||NSW||$1.6 million||To continue to develop an unmanned, realistic and self-propelled vehicle target to support Australian Defence Force training.|
|Mediaware International Pty Ltd||ACT||$1.6 million||To develop an information processing system that integrates data to present a single visualisation for accelerated decision making.|
|Sentient Vision Pty Ltd||VIC||$1.3||To develop an enhanced visual detection system for use in reduced visibility conditions to detect and classify objects of interest.|
|BAE Systems Australia Limited||VIC||$1.1 million||To develop a software-based decision support system to extract tactically useful information from maritime environments and facilitate accelerated decision making.|
|Defendtex Research Labs||VIC||$263,000||To develop a gas to disable a combustion engine, removing the need for explosives or tank traps.|