Innovative engineering and systems integration company SYPAQ has been approached by Defence to develop and demonstrate a next generation battlefield logistics small unmanned aerial system (UAS) for use by Australian soldiers.
Defence Industry Minister Linda Reynolds said the contract – valued at over $1 million – was awarded as part of Army Innovation Day 2018, using the Defence Innovation Hub’s Special Notice solicitation process.
She said the new Precision Payload Delivery System (PPDS) would help the Army adapt to the challenges of the modern and future battlefield.
“Defence units have an enduring need to be able to resupply their combat forces in the most hazardous environments,” Minister Reynolds continued.
“Ensuring our Defence Force personnel have the most innovative, cutting-edge technology will ensure they are supported in their mission to defend Australia and its interests on the battlefield.”
SYPAQ CEO Amanda Holt thanked the Department of Defence for ‘putting their faith in local companies like SYPAQ’.
“Through initiatives such as the Defence Innovation Hub and Army Innovation Day, SYPAQ has had access to opportunities not typically available to small and medium sized businesses, including direct collaboration between innovators and end-users,” she concluded.