EPE demonstrate technology developed with the Defence Innovation Hub

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10 October 2018

World leading innovative technology that will help keep the Royal Australian Navy safe was displayed in Darwin today.

The Royal Australian Navy and EPE conducted a test at HMAS Coonawarra to showcase the performance and functionality of a Maritime Portable Raman Improvised Explosive Detector (PRIED) prototype.

The technology was developed through a partnership between Queensland-based EPE and the Defence Innovation Hub.

Innovation is vital to the future of Australia’s defence industry. Today’s demonstration is a display of collaboration at its best with Australian innovators and Australian Defence Force personnel working together in an effort to deliver the best innovation in defence capability.

Investing in good ideas and turning those into defence capability is at the heart of the Defence Innovation Hub’s aim – and doing this in partnership with Australian industry is helping to enhance the Australian industrial base.

EPE signed a $1 million contract with the Defence Innovation Hub in February 2018 to further develop the baseline PRIED system to enable its deployment in the maritime environment.

The Maritime PRIED prototype’s objective is to provide increased awareness and protection through a ‘stand-off’ detection capability. This detection is for explosives, chemical warfare agents, narcotics and gases.

The Defence Innovation Hub partners with innovators to provide opportunities for funding to further develop and prove technology to support Defence capability needs.

The Coalition Government is delivering the largest modernisation of the Australian Defence Force since the Second World War. We are investing $200 billion in our capabilities to not only keep Australia safe but to continue to grow our industry and economy.

Industry and research organisations can submit innovation proposals through the Defence Innovation Portal at:



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