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Lockheed Martin Australia Wins Contract to Fight Improvised Threats

The Australian Government has awarded Lockheed Martin Australia’s STELaRLaB in Melbourne a $9 million contract to develop an integrated system that can detect and neutralise improvised threats.

The contract was awarded as part of Defence’s Counter Improvised Threat Grand Challenge (CIT-GC) initiative.

It includes a US$3 million financial and technical contribution provided by the United States’ Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the contract, funded through the Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF), was important in helping to keep the men and women of the ADF safe.

“This major innovation contract highlights the work of the NGTF to bring together projects from defence industry, academia and other government-funded research agencies,” Minister Price said.

“The DTRA contribution reinforces recognition of Australia’s leading role in counter improvised threat reduction research on the international stage.”

Further information on the Next Generation Technologies Fund is available at

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