Defence has awarded DMTC Limited a $3 million contract through the Defence Innovation Hub to develop new textile technology that could improve the protective equipment used by the Australian Defence Force.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the technology could prove to be an important development in protective equipment used by the ADF and for civilian applications.
“DMTC will use innovative textile technology to develop a light-weight prototype Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) protective suit,” Minister Price said. “This suit has the potential to reduce heat exhaustion and fatigue during very arduous activities.
“Innovations that will protect our ADF against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents, demonstrate the ingenuity of Australian industry and the positive impact of partnering with Defence to build sovereign industry capability.”
DMTC Limited operates under a novel, cooperative structure to bring together leading industry partners, universities and research organisations to develop innovative, cutting-edge technology to enhance ADF capability.
The Defence Innovation Hub invests in innovations generated by Australian industry, and research organisations, with a view to strengthening Australia’s sovereign defence industrial base over time.