SYPAQ has been awarded an Army Innovation Day contract by the Australian Army, in partnership with the Defence Innovation Hub.
Under the $1m contract, the company will work with defence partners to develop the Precision Payload Delivery System (PPDS).
The next-generation battlefield logistics small unmanned aerial system (UAS) will be fielded by the Australian soldiers.
The company procured the contract as part of Army Innovation Day 2018 through the Defence Innovation Hub’s special notice solicitation.
Australian Defence Industry Minister Linda Reynolds said: “Defence units have an enduring need to be able to resupply their combat forces in the most hazardous environments.
“Ensuring our defence force personnel have the most innovative, cutting-edge technology will ensure they are supported in their mission to defend Australia and its interests on the battlefield.”
Australian Land Capability head major general Kath Toohey said: “Army’s soldiers will get the opportunity to test this platform later this year and guide the development of advanced capabilities like the PPDS.”
SYPAQ is an Australia-based innovative engineering and systems integration company.
The Defence Innovation Hub was formed in December 2016 and since then the company has received five innovation contracts for concept exploration and capability demonstration.
An initiative of the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement, Defence Innovation Hub brings together research institutions, academia, industry and innovative technologies.
It will invest around A$640m ($452.48m) from 2025-26 to facilitate innovation activities that will allow the army to tackle modern and future battlefield challenges.
SYPAQ CEO Amanda Holt said: “Through initiatives such as the Defence Innovation Hub and Army Innovation Day, SYPAQ has had access to opportunities not typically available to small and medium-sized businesses, including direct collaboration between innovators and end-users.”