Two Australian businesses have secured contracts from Leidos Australia to deliver new capability to safeguard the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Leidos is collaborating with the two firms to provide equipment to shield from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats.

A $17m contract has been awarded to Cairns-based small business J3Seven to deliver defence equipment to keep Australian soldiers safe from CBRN threats on the front line.

Australian Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said: “This is a great investment in the Australian defence industry and highlights how Aussie ingenuity is keeping our armed forces safe.

“J3Seven will provide capabilities, including radiation detectors and incident response kits to protect our soldiers.”

Separately, Melbourne-based small business Point Trading has won a $7.4m contract to deliver chemical detection equipment for the ADF.

Melissa Price added: “Point Trading will support the delivery of this critical capability to protect our soldiers from chemical threats on the battlefield.

“The record $200bn investment we’re making in Australia’s defence industry is continuing to deliver jobs and more opportunities for small businesses like Point Trading right across Australia.”

Detectors and other equipment under the contracts will be manufactured in the country, bringing new opportunities and more jobs to regional areas.

In 2018, the Australian Government signed new contracts worth $238m with Leidos Australia under the ADF’s Land 2110 Phase 1B CBRN Defence Capability Facilities project.

The programme aims to offer both new and upgraded facilities at 14 sites in the country to support army personnel training against toxic industrial materials and CBRN weapons exposure.

In addition, Leidos Australia signed a memorandum of understanding with J3Seven to identify and develop novel technologies for the ADF in September 2018.