The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has collaborated with the Defence Innovation Hub to execute three new innovation contracts.
With a total value of $2.2m, the three contracts will see the Defence Innovation Hub, the Australian Army and local industry partners working in close collaboration for the development of new solutions that would help improve the country’s defence capability.
Australian Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said: “These contracts support the development of innovative solutions to challenges of novel weapons and novel effects in a combined arms team in a joint environment.”
The new Defence Innovation Hub contracts were selected as part of Army Innovation Day 2017, using the new Special Notice platform managed by the hub.
Special Notices enable capability managers to call for industry and research organisations to submit their proposals that are designed to address the specific capability challenges outlined in the contracts.
Australia-based weapons research and development company Defendtex has secured two of the three Defence Innovation Hub contracts awarded by the army.
The first of the two contracts, worth $1.04m, has been awarded for the development of a lightweight, modular shotgun system, which if successful, would help provide the army with significant upgrades in shotgun capability.
The second contract, valued at $957,000, has been awarded to Defendtex to study on the development of a low-profile body armour that can be potentially used by soldiers in combat operations.
The third contract, worth $227,000, has been awarded to Thales Australia for the development of a new optics system that can be used together with the existing in-service Enhanced F88 rifle to offer increased targeting capability and shooter accuracy on operations.