Five defence tech contractors receive $13.4m federal funding

Australia’s latest tranche of Defence Innovation Hub contracts have been announced by Defence Industry minister Christopher Pyne, totalling $13.4 million.

Five innovation contracts includes a $3.4 million contract with Teledyne Defence Australia, a Brisbane-based software specialist, which hosted the announcement on Tuesday.

The project aims to develop a vehicle-mounted Improvised Explosive Device detection and clearance capability that uses an advanced radar system that could be integrated with existing Australian Defence Force deployable vehicles.

Minister Pyne said a “significant investment” in the Australian industry and innovation sector will ensure defence has access to leading-edge technology.

“It will also help support a number of local jobs across Australia and continue to keep our defence industry engaged in developing the latest technologies for Australia’s defence,” he said.

“We need to ensure that we maximise opportunities for Australian industry to contribute to our capability needs.”

Other contracts include a $7.9 million contract to Daronmont Technologies, in Victoria, which is the largest contract awarded by the Defence Innovation Hub since it was launched in December 2016.

The full list of contracts includes:

Organisation

Contract Value

Description of Innovation

Daronmont Technologies (VIC)

$7.9 million

This project aims to build a prototype radar capability that could be used to replace existing technology used by Defence that is approaching end of life.

Teledyne Defence Australia (QLD)

$3.4 million

This project aims to develop a vehicle-mounted Improvised Explosive Device detection and clearance capability that uses an advanced radar system that could be integrated with existing ADF deployable vehicles.

Sonartech Atlas Pty Ltd (NSW)

$1.3 million

This project will investigate the potential of improving sonar performance and classification of underwater acoustic signals.

Quintessence Labs (ACT)

$528,000

This project aims to develop a resilient encryption method that could protect sensitive data on mobile assets in uncontrolled or hostile environments through Virtual Zeroisation technology.

Jenkins Engineering Defence Systems (NSW)

$276,000

This project will explore a cost-effective microwave-band Radar Electronic Support system to provide automated warnings and recording capability of potential threat signals without the need for a dedicated expert operator.