Protecting ADF personnel a focus for latest Innovation Hub investment

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The Hon Melissa Price MP

Minister for Defence Industry

Minister for Science and Technology

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1 February 2021

The Morrison Government is continuing to strengthen Australia’s defence capability by investing in the ideas and expertise of innovative Australian companies and research organisations.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said 10 new Defence Innovation Hub contracts demonstrated Australia’s capacity to drive the development of advanced technologies for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.

“This latest tranche of investment in businesses and academia is worth more than $21 million,” Minister Price said.

“These contracts will enable the development of promising technologies that could help protect and sustain Australian personnel in the field.”

The contracts include:

  • a $3.7 million contract with Queensland company Downer EDI Engineering for technologies to counter improvised explosive devices; 
  • a $2.7 million contract with New South Wales company Spearpoint Solutions for a digital combat helmet; and
  • $3.1 million in contracts with Victorian company Defendtex for next generation body armour and a lightweight modular shotgun system.

“We are also investing in advanced power storage and generation technologies, through a $3.3 million contract with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a $1.8 million contract with Florestan Technology in New South Wales,” Minister Price said.

The contracts also include $1.9 million for West Australian company Techventure Investments to develop a lightweight high-performance projectile, and $1 million for researchers from the University of Western Australia to develop secure communications system components. 

“I am pleased to see West Australian innovators showing strong potential to provide Defence with game-changing capabilities,” Minister Price said.

“These investments demonstrate the importance of Defence’s partnership with the Australian defence industry and innovation sector, and how we can work together to improve capabilities and support available to our ADF personnel.” 

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

Contracts announced today under the Defence Innovation Hub:



Contract Value

(GST incl.)

Description of innovation

Downer EDI Engineering Power Pty Ltd


$3.7 million

To explore next generation integrated counter improvised explosive device technologies to improve Army combatant survivability in complex contested environments.

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology



$3.3 million


To develop a smaller lightweight deployable power storage technology for operational environments.

SYPAQ Systems Pty Ltd



$2.9 million

To develop an enhanced imaging capability for diverse applications within a range of military operational environments, using advanced electro-optical sensors across a band of the electromagnetic spectrum. 

Spearpoint Solutions & Technology Pty Ltd



$2.7 million

To develop an integrated digital soldier combat helmet system, to provide the future soldier with a significant cutting edge capability advantage.  

Techventure Investments Pty Ltd



$1.9 million

To develop a lighter high-velocity long range projectile for the Australian Army.

Florestan Technology Pty Ltd



$1.8 million

To develop a multi-fuel, lightweight portable power generation system for operational environments.

Defendtex Research Labs Pty Ltd



$1.6 million

To develop a lightweight modular shotgun rifle weapon system for improved tactical versatility.   

Defendtex Research Labs Pty Ltd



$1.5 million

To develop a next generation body armour with increased ballistics protection.

The University of Western Australia



$1 million

To develop a small lightweight communications system component that will improve performance and accuracy over existing capabilities.

BIA5 Pty Ltd




To develop an innovative electronic trip flare device for Australian soldiers on the modern battlefield.



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