Australian manufacturer RingIR will receive $4.6 million to develop and demonstrate a counter-improvised explosive device (IED) capability for the defence industry.
Funding via the Defence Innovation Hub will be put forward to build the innovative technology, which uses highly sensitive laser spectrometry technique to locate and identify the vapours exuded from explosives.
“This technology could be used to determine the location and type of IED, allowing Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel to effectively respond to improvised threats,” said Christopher Pyne, minister for the defence industry.
“This funding reflects the Government’s strong commitment to support and enhance the ADF by building innovation opportunities between Defence and industry.
“We need to ensure we maximise opportunities for Australian industry to contribute to our capability needs.”
On December 5, 2016, the government launched the Defence Innovation Hub to deliver a more “streamlined and agile approach” to defence investment in innovation.
The 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement has outlined the Government’s commitment to building and harnessing the innovation potential of Australia’s defence industry.