The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is set to receive additional robotics-driven mobile target systems for training.

An order valued at more than A$1m ($0.67m) has been placed with Geelong’s Deakin University.

The mobile target systems contract will be supported by 23 small Australian businesses, 14 out of these have originated from the native community of Geelong.

Under the deal, six RAIDER mobile moving target systems will be delivered.

The target system is designed to imitate light armoured vehicles and tanks, along with thermal targets and trailers.

Australian Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said: “This project has already injected more than A$1.5m ($1m) into the community through partnering with Australian small businesses.

“This is leading technology developed here in Australia, which is not only creating opportunities for the local industry but also keeping our soldiers safe.”

The enhanced target systems such as robotic moving targets and ‘Raider’ ARH vehicle targets were pitched during Army Innovation Day.

RAIDER is a modular, upgradable and expandable training system that will allow Australian soldiers to perform live-fire day and night training in a realistic environment.

Capable of travelling up to 40km/h, the multiple semi-autonomous self-driving systems require only one person to remotely control it.

Victorian Senator Sarah Henderson said: “The Morrison Government’s A$200bn ($134.6bn) investment in the defence industry is creating opportunities like these rights across Victoria.

“I congratulate Deakin University on pioneering this technology and helping to ensure the ADF has the best capability to defend Australia’s interests.”

Last month, two small Australian businesses were awarded contracts to deliver new defence capability to safeguard the ADF.