$635,000 innovation contract to develop enhanced Army capability

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8 December 2017

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP and Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja today announced Kord Defence would receive funding through the Defence Innovation Hub to develop an innovative wireless systems control technology to enhance Army capability.

An innovation contract worth $635,000 with Canberra-based Kord Defence will seek to develop a wireless soldier control system using Bluetooth Low Energy technology that will connect with multiple electronic devices currently in use by the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Minister Pyne said this innovation could provide improved situational awareness for soldiers in combat situations, linking together devices used for communications, sensors, and battlefield intelligence.

“Soldiers can focus on their surroundings during high-stress combat situations rather than trying to find buttons or operate equipment such as radios or sensors,” Minister Pyne said.

“I am pleased to announce Kord Defence will receive funding to take this innovative technology to the next level.”

Minister Pyne said this investment reflected the Government’s strong support to enhance the ADF, by building opportunities between Defence and industry and will support a number of jobs across industry.

“We need to ensure we are meeting our capability needs, and Australian industry plays a critical part in achieving this,” Minister Pyne said.

Senator Seselja said it was great to see a local company leading the development of innovative technology for the Australian Defence Force.   

“This contract reflects the innovative technologies emerging from our local Canberra defence industry,” Senator Seselja said.

“What is especially pleasing to see is the work done by Kord Defence in the ACT is bringing significant economic benefits to our region,” Senator Seselja concluded.

The 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement outlined the Government’s commitment to building and harnessing the innovation potential of Australia’s defence industry.

Industry and research organisations can continue to submit proposals through the Defence Innovation Portal at www.business.gov.au/cdic.

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