South Australia Producing Game-Changing Technology in Defence

World-first fight recorders, missile detectors and cyber security tools are among some the game-changing technologies and innovations being developed in South Australia to enhance the Defence Force of the future.

South Australian businesses and universities secured the contracts for nearly one third of work on the Australian Government’s defence industry and innovation programs last year, a new report shows.

The first Defence Industry and Innovation Programs Update Report details progress of the three key elements that have been implemented to advance Australia’s defence capability and grow the industry.

A total of 30 Defence Innovation Hub contracts, worth around $53.5 million, were awarded to Australian businesses, with South Australia companies securing 30 per cent of contracts, valued at $16.2 million.

Adelaide-based business, Data to Decisions CRC received around $1.1 million to develop a system to guard against the impact of new cyber threats, while South Australia’s Ultra Electronics Avalon Systems secured $1.9 million to develop new ship defence-technologies.

South Australia’s three universities also received a significant portion of the Government’s Next Generation Technology Fund, which supported more than 100 research activities with industry, university and research partners to address defence science and technology priorities.

Flinders University received $100,000 for research on advanced sensors, while the University of Adelaide was awarded around $1.1 million for 12 projects and the University of South Australia $1.5 million across eight different projects, including research in cyber, space capabilities and trusted autonomous systems.

Meanwhile, South Australian start-up Myriota secured a contract under the small Business Innovation Research for Defence challenge to develop a new technology known as the Fight Recorder small device worn by soldiers.

The state’s three universities, Defence SA and the Defence Science and Technology Group are helping drive defence research and innovation through a new collaborative venture, the Defence Innovation Partnership. This collaboration will receive funding from the Australian government to further drive innovation and export potential of the nation’s defence industry.

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