Denied the opportunity to participate in the recent C4 EDGE technology display in Canberra due to the current travel restrictions, the Queensland-based consortium members held a similar display in Brisbane on the same day last week.
C4 EDGE (C4 Evolutionary Defence Ground Environment) is a consortium of 31 companies led by EOS and five Queensland small to medium enterprises (SMEs) displayed their capabilities to senior Army members during the event.
Organised by Dingo Defence, the other companies comprised CISTech Solutions, Cognition Analytica, Cyborg Dynamics Engineering and EM Solutions.
“We’ve attracted senior Queensland-based customer representatives, academics, partners and industry leaders to see first-hand the C4 EDGE capabilities of Brisbane-based companies,” Dingo Managing Director Ron Parrello said.
“They can’t travel either yet, so this was the next best option to showcase Queensland-based C4 EDGE capabilities to those stakeholders based here, and virtually to those outside the state.”
Dingo Defence has developed predictive maintenance solutions (Health and Usage Monitoring Systems), which it says could help to extend the remaining useful life of the ADF’s vehicle fleets. “The Army alone has thousands of vehicles in its fleet, such as the Medium Heavy logistic vehicles, ASLAV, Bushmaster, G Wagon, M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank (MBT) and M113AS4s,” Parrello explained.
“We want Army to see first-hand how Dingo Defence’s next generation asset health program can increase heavy vehicle availability, extend the life of every vehicle in the fleet and reduce operating costs. Similarly, future fleets could reap the benefits of our system from day one.”
Cognition Analytica demonstrated its 3D Centre of Gravity (CofG) vulnerability modelling software and Cyborg Dynamics Engineering displayed the Warfighter Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV), developed in partnership with BIA5. Satellite component company EM solutions demonstrated two satellite communications (SATCOM) technologies: a dual-band SATCOM On The Move (SOTM) terminal and a narrow band antenna.
Although CISTech Solutions did have their technology on display at the Canberra event, Managing Director Guy Watson is Brisbane-based and so he represented the company at the northern event also.
“We are specialists in tactical networking, so we demonstrated our Radio Gateway technology and MANET Command Environment (MaCE),” Watson told ADM. “Our technology is at TRL (Technical Readiness Level) 9, so it’s already delivered and we selling hundreds into the US military.”