$7.8m awarded in defence innovation contracts

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The federal government has announced three more Defence Innovation Hub contracts that will see $7.8 million invested in enhanced capabilities for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

A $1.5 million contract has been awarded to Codarra Advanced Systems for the continued development of a lightweight handheld prototype device capable of detecting and countering unmanned aerial system threats.

The contract will see Codarra create more jobs at its Queanbeyan facility and further investments in the company’s electronic and cyber security capability.

Melbourne-based Memko Aviation Aerospace and Defence was awarded $4.1 million contract to develop a miniaturised Electronic Warfare payload capable of high-fidelity live fire testing.

Sydney-based AMSL Aero has also been awarded $282,000 to develop an autonomous, vertical take-off and landing aircraft for battlefield casualty evacuation and logistics support.

Defence minister Christopher Pyne said that contracts like these helped develop the capabilities and capacities of Australian industry and innovation by removing barriers to working with the defence sector.

“This Government is continuing to develop a robust Australian defence industry that is innovative, sustainable and globally competitive,”

“Embracing new technologies and innovation is an essential part of modernising our Australian Defence Force and in ensuring they are equipped with cutting edge technology today and into the future.”

Since its establishment in 2016, the Defence Innovation Hub has received over 510 proposals and signed 59 innovation contracts with a combined value of more than $77.9 million.

The Hub facilitates innovation activities from initial concept, through prototyping and integrated testing.