Three businesses win Defence Innovation Hub contracts

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Three Australian businesses have been awarded contracts, totalling over $1.2 million, through the Defence Innovation Hub to further develop their  innovative technologies.

Aerospace and Mechanical Consulting Engineers from New South Wales was awarded $659,000 to develop its lightweight armour solution for the Australian Defence Force aircraft using panels designed with new materials and ballistic protection level.

Brisbane-based drone services company, Unmanned Aerial Systems, was another winner. The company was awarded $293,000 to further develop its innovation which combines features of a helicopter and a fixed wing aircraft in order to increase performance, efficiency and capability.

The third contract, worth $287,000, was awarded to the Defence Materials Technology Centre for their lightweight soldier armour featuring improved protection levels and functional integration.

Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, said the contracts demonstrated the Government’s commitment to supporting local defence industry and harnessing its innovation potential while developing new capabilities.

“The Defence Innovation Hub is supporting Australian industry throughout all development stages of the innovation process; from concept exploration and technology demonstration, through to prototyping and integrating capability demonstration and evaluation,” Minister Pyne said.

“Investing in Defence innovation will not only build the innovation capabilities of Australian industry and research organisations, it will also deliver innovative capability solutions for use by Defence.”

Funded at around $640 million over the decade to 2025-26, the Defence Innovation Hub accepts proposals on innovations at all stages, from early stage concept exploration and technology demonstration through to advanced prototypes for integration, test and evaluation.

Industry and research organisations can continue to submit proposals through the Defence Innovation Portal at www.business.gov.au/cdic