Northrop Grumman to host virtual technology and innovation event to support growth of Australian Defence Industry

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Northrop Grumman Australia will host a virtual technology and innovation event on February 7 to recognise emerging Australian defence technology firms.

The showcase, to be presented in partnership with Bondi Partners, will see eleven small and medium-sized Australian companies demonstrate their future autonomous aircraft technology and global security solutions to a panel of judges.

Listed among the finalists are Athena Artificial Intelligence, Euclideon Holographics, Fortifyedge, GEV Systems, Guardware Australia Pty Ltd, Nominal Systems, Pivot Maritime International, Skyborne Technologies, UXMachines Pty Ltd, and Vai Photonics Pty Ltd.

Christine Zeitz, general manager, Northrop Grumman Asia Pacific, said these innovative companies could help set the path for future unmanned intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and targeting (ISR&T) capabilities to boost Australia’s sovereign national security capabilities by exploiting multi-domain concepts, innovative technology, and integrated designs.

She said Northrop Grumman Australia and Bondi Partners would help “the most outstanding companies” with business optimization through a year-long mentorship program, leveraging Northrop Grumman Australia’s Parallax Labs, a collaborative environment for testing technology and solution approaches to develop next-generation systems in support of the future joint Australian Defence Force.

“The inaugural Australian Tech and Innovation Showcase presented by Northrop Grumman underpins our investment in developing a sovereign, Australian defence capability by giving Australian small-to-medium enterprises a platform to showcase their technologies and celebrate their pioneering ideas,” Ms Zeitz stated.

“Partnerships are born from innovation and together, we have the opportunity to support up and coming Australian defence innovators to become a part of the Northrop Grumman global supply chain and jointly develop technologies that will further future autonomous aircraft and advanced networking capabilities for the joint force.”

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