Alliance to boost defence capability

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The Hon Steven Ciobo MP

Minister for Defence Industry

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19 October 2018

A new strategic alliance between Rheinmetall and Defence Science and Technology (DST) will advance the development of innovative technologies for land capability.

The alliance cements a long-standing research relationship that will deliver greater land power for Defence.

Some of the cutting-edge technologies developed under the strategic alliance will support the Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicle fleet which Army is acquiring from Rheinmetall.

DST and Rheinmetall have collaborated over many years to research simulation and augmented reality. The five-year strategic alliance expands cooperation into new technology areas, including the development of autonomous vehicle systems.

Research in autonomous systems is a must to achieve future warfighting success and partnering with industry ensures Defence stays ahead of the technology curve.

The alliance with Rheinmetall marks DST’s 17th long-term, strategic partnering agreement with industry to deliver game-changing capabilities for Defence.

Chief Defence Scientist, Dr Alex Zelinsky and Mr Gary Stewart, Managing Director of Rheinmetall Defence Australia signed the alliance in Melbourne.


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