Three small Australian businesses secure Defence innovation contracts

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The Defence Innovation Hub has contracted three small Australian businesses to further advance their innovative technologies.

The first contract, valued at $272,000, was awarded to Adelaide-based company Mincham Aviation to explore the development of a tube-launched unmanned aerial vehicle, which could allow operators to accurately deliver payloads from ships in adverse weather conditions.

The second contract award, worth $44,000, went to Sydney-based Omega Dev Group to develop facial protection that integrates with current ADF protective equipment for use in training scenarios.

This could provide a more realistic training environment while ensuring the safety of Australian Defence Force personnel.

The final, $268,000 contract was awarded to Melbourne-based Seer Security to explore a data platform to strengthen Android application security.

Announcing these contracts, Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said industry plays a significant part in contributing to the defence of the Australian nation.

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

“The contracts in this tranche, which total $584,000, further demonstrate the Government’s commitment to maximising Australian industry involvement—big or small—in meeting our Defence capability needs.”

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