Australian jobs boost in $5.3m defence innovation windfall

New multi-million dollar investments made by the Defence Innovation Hub will sustain 23 jobs across the Australian defence industry and innovation sector, it has been announced.

Five innovation contracts worth $5.3 million include $2.3 million for a BAE Systems Australia project to explore the potential use of laser technology to detect low intensity signals.

BAE Systems Australia is the first defence prime company to be awarded a contract by the Defence Innovation Hub since it was launched in December 2016 as part of the Defence Industry Policy Statement.

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The contracts awarded include:

OrganisationContract ValueDescription of Innovation
BAE Systems (ACT)$2.3 millionThis project aims to explore the potential use of laser technology to detect low intensity signals.
Zangold (QLD)$1 millionThis project aims to develop a portable improvised explosive detector to assist with the detection of homemade explosives, chemical warfare agents, narcotics and gases.
Nova Defence (ACT)$779,000To explore the development of a low-cost, high-speed direct mobile ground target that could be used as a realistic direct target for air and ground based defence systems.
Kul Technologies (VIC)$770,000To explore the development of a more easily transportable and efficient modular hybrid power generation system.
Data61 (ACT)$441,000To continue the development of their multi-award winning Cross Domain Desktop Compositor technology, allowing users to view and work across multiple Defence networks from a single monitor, while maintaining the integrity of each network.

“Providing our troops with the latest in innovative defence technologies will ensure we remain resilient to these threats, and our defence industry plays a crucial part in helping us achieve this,” said Defence Industry minister Christopher Pyne.

“The Defence Innovation Hub is a key initiative of the Turnbull government bringing industry and Defence together to undertake collaborative innovation activities from concept through to introduction into service.”