Silentium Defence opens new facility in Adelaide and wins two Innovation Hub contracts

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The Hon Christopher Pyne MP

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19 July 2018

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, announced today that South Australia-based Silentium Defence Pty Ltd has been awarded two Defence Innovation Hub contracts.


Making the announcement at the opening of Silentium Defence’s new facility in Parafield, South Australia, Minister Pyne said he was pleased to award the contracts.


“One contract, valued at $870,000, will be used to advance the concept of a system to provide enhanced space situational awareness,” Minister Pyne said.


“The second contract, valued at $647,000, will support the development of a capability to provide broad-area situational awareness for bases and vehicles. 


“The Government is investing more than $1.6 billion over 10 years to build the innovation capabilities of Australian industry, universities and research institutions and to deliver solutions for Defence capability.”


The new facility will support Silentium Defence’s continued growth from an ambitious deep-tech start-up to a global leader exporting high technology products. It delivers unfettered access to regular air traffic movements and patterns as well as neighbouring ground, maritime and air traffic data used to further test, develop and enhance the technology.”


“The proximity of this new facility to some of the country’s leading avionics suppliers, customers and industry partners within the Parafield precinct affirms Silentium Defence as a key player in the sector, and a valuable partner for collaboration and innovation on defence, civil and space surveillance capabilities,” Minister Pyne said.


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

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