Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne has announced three more Defence Innovation Hub contracts, investing $7.8 million in promising counter-UAS, electronic warfare, and autonomous aircraft technology that could provide the ADF with new and enhanced capabilities.
Codarra Advanced Systems was awarded a $1.5 million contract to further develop a lightweight handheld prototype device capable of detecting and countering unmanned aerial system threats.
If successful, the device could provide the ADF with the ability to both detect and counter unmanned aerial system threats from a single, lightweight device. The contract with Codarra will create additional jobs at the company’s Queanbeyan facility and add to Codarra’s electronic and cyber security capability.
Melbourne-based Memko Aviation Aerospace & Defence was awarded a $4.1 million contract to develop a miniaturised Electronic Warfare payload capable of high‑fidelity live fire testing.
A further $282,000 was awarded to Sydney based AMSL Aero to develop an autonomous, vertical take-off and landing aircraft for battlefield casualty evacuation and logistics support.
Minister Pyne said the Australian Government was committed to growing the capability and capacity of the Australian industry and innovation sector by removing barriers to doing business with Defence.
“Embracing new technologies and innovation is an essential part of modernising our ADF and in ensuring they are equipped with cutting edge technology today and into the future.”