Defence Innovation Hub delivers more innovative technologies and jobs

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The Hon Christopher Pyne MP

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28 February 2018

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced the latest tranche of Defence Innovation Hub that will sustain 23 jobs across the Australian defence industry and innovation sector, and help to give our Armed Forces the edge in battle.

Minister Pyne said our defence capabilities rely on our capacity to develop new tools, systems and approaches to managing emerging regional and global threats.

“Providing our troops with the latest in innovative defence technologies will ensure we remain resilient to these threats, and our defence industry plays a crucial part in helping us achieve this,” Minister Pyne said.

“The Defence Innovation Hub is a key initiative of the Turnbull government bringing industry and Defence together to undertake collaborative innovation activities from concept through to introduction into service.”

The five innovation contracts announced today are worth $5.3 million and includes $2.3 million for a BAE Systems Australia project to explore the potential use of laser technology to detect low intensity signals.

BAE Systems Australia is the first defence prime company to be awarded a contract by the Defence Innovation Hub since it was launched in December 2016 as part of the Defence Industry Policy Statement.

The Defence Innovation Hub continues to receive an enthusiastic reception from businesses and research organisations from across Australia.

A full list of the contracts awarded today is provided below.

Industry and research organisations can continue to submit proposals through the Defence Innovation Portal at



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Description of Innovation

BAE Systems (ACT)

$2.3 million

This project aims to explore the potential use of laser technology to detect low intensity signals.

Zangold (QLD)

$1 million

This project aims to develop a portable improvised explosive detector to assist with the detection of homemade explosives, chemical warfare agents, narcotics and gases.

Nova Defence (ACT)


To explore the development of a low-cost, high-speed direct mobile ground target that could be used as a realistic direct target for air and ground based defence systems.

XKG Technologies (VIC)


To explore the development of a more easily transportable and efficient modular hybrid power generation system.

Data61 (ACT)


To continue the development of their multi-award winning Cross Domain Desktop Compositor technology, allowing users to view and work across multiple Defence networks from a single monitor, while maintaining the integrity of each network.

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