Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne MP, has announced a further three Defence Innovation Hub contracts aimed at to enhancing Defence capability through innovation.
The tree contracts, totalling $7.8 million, have been awarded to Codarra Advanced Systems, Melbourne-based Memko Aviation Aerospace & Defence, and Sydney based AMSL Aero.
Codarra, which secured a $1.5 million contract, will develop a lightweight handheld prototype device capable of detecting and countering unmanned aerial system threats.
If successful, the device could provide the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with the ability to both detect and counter unmanned aerial system threats from a single, lightweight device.
Memko Aviation was awarded a $4.1 million contract to develop a miniaturised Electronic Warfare payload capable of high?fidelity live fire testing, whereas AMSL Aero was contracted to develop an autonomous, vertical take-off and landing aircraft for battlefield casualty evacuation and logistics support.
Mr Pyne said the three projects will grow the capability and capacity of the Australian industry and provide the ADF with new and enhanced capabilities.
“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,” Mr Pyne stated.
“This Government is continuing to develop a robust Australian defence industry that is innovative, sustainable and globally competitive.”