Australia launches science challenge to test new defence technologies

21 November 2017 (Last Updated November 21st, 2017 10:49)

Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne will launch an international science challenge seeking new technologies to protect soldiers and civilians this month.

Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne will launch an international science challenge seeking new technologies to protect soldiers and civilians this month.

Conducted as part of the Defence Technical Cooperation Programme, the challenge will involve researchers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US.

The challenge will run from 20 November to 1 December.

“Adelaide is the first city chosen to host a field activity as part of the international strategic challenge, reinforcing its reputation as a defence science hub.”

As part of the challenge, approximately 100 personnel from the Australian Defence Force and 80 researchers will investigate the use of new intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities for soldiers operating in urban conflict zones.

Payne said: “Our soldiers need to be well equipped and better prepared and innocent civilians protected as more conflicts are now being fought in urban areas.

“The science challenge is an opportunity for us to share and test cutting-edge technology that has the potential to save lives with our allies and partners in a real-world environment.”

Participants will work from the Old Royal Adelaide Hospital and accommodation buildings, which have been vacated.

Payne added: “The buildings offer the best location to test the new technologies and the activity area will be well signposted to cause little disruption to the general public.

“Adelaide is the first city chosen to host a field activity as part of the international strategic challenge, reinforcing its reputation as a defence science hub.”