Supashock, Airspeed, and REDARC Electronics have received awards from the Defence Teaming Centre (DTC) at its annual awards ceremony in Adelaide.
Motion technology company Supashock received the “Outstanding Collaboration” award, SME Airspeed won the ‘Growing or Emerging’ award, and REDARC Electronics won the ‘Resilient and Adaptive’ award.
Premier of SA Steven Marshall and Assistant Minister for Defence David Fawcett were the guest speakers, and Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne appeared via video link.
DTC CEO Margot Forster said the quality of all nominees was a testament to the excellence of Australia’s defence industry.
“The calibre of the applications received this year was astounding and the judges had an incredibly difficult task,” Forster said. “I congratulate all of the winners.”
Adelaide-based Supashock received the award for the development of its Advanced Load Handling System technology for heavy logistics trucks alongside SA manufacturer Century Engineering and Rheinmetall.
The Supashock team developed the ALHS 17 to automate the loading and unloading of ISO containers, modules and flat racks of up to 17 tonnes from within a highly protected truck cabin. This allows soldiers to remain within the protection provided by the truck’s armoured cab.
Supashock Managing Director Oscar Fiorinotto paid tribute to his team of engineers - each recruited from SA’s three universities – for their skill in developing the ALHS 17.
“The ALHS17 concept came about because of a unique military operational requirement which identified the need for a load handling system that could be controlled by a single operator, from within the protection of an enclosed cabin in a Rheinmetall logistics truck,” Fiorinotto said.
Fiorinotto also said that Century was critical to the successful execution of the product.
“Century Engineering provided specialist fabrication and manufacturing services for the development of ALHS 17 and, from a collaboration perspective, they opened up their business and worked with our team to provide support in the areas where it was required,” he said.
“The combination of Century Engineering’s manufacturing support, Rheinmetall’s experience in the defence sector, and Supashock’s expertise in motion technology facilitated the creation of a technology and end product that has life-saving benefits in combat environments.”
Fiorinotto thanked the DTC for its recognition of Supashock’s collaborative efforts.
“Our entire team would like to acknowledge the DTC not just for this award, but for providing valuable advocacy for SA businesses operating in the defence industry.”