The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, announced on 26 February $3.1 million in grants under the AusIndustry Entrepreneur’s Program to 10 Australian companies. These include three that are directly defence-relevant:
- Helitak Fire Fighting Equipment of Noosaville, QLD, receives $497,500 to commercialise its expandable water tank technology that can be retrofitted to civil and military helicopters without requiring any aircraft modifications
- Australian startup Hulbot Pty Limited receives $496,375 to complete development of a solar-powered boat hull cleaning robotic vehicle that protects waterways from chemical antifoul paint
- Kada Services Pty Limited of Sydney, NSW, receives $235,631 to conduct trials of a novel product to automate tracking of data for any business that handles complex or large datasets, thereby increasing productivity, lowering costs and better addressing risks.