The Australian Government has contracted Deakin University to continue with the development of a training system for naval firefighting .

The contract value stands at $3.71m (A$5.13m).

Australian Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said: “Deakin University’s new system will provide the ADF with a more diverse and realistic range of naval firefighting and training options that could significantly improve learning outcomes and safety.

“This investment highlights the innovative research and development that Australia’s sovereign industry is capable of producing and exporting.”

This immersive naval firefighting training capability for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) will be designed by integrating augmented reality and virtual reality with artificial intelligence.

The effort will see Deakin’s researchers work in collaboration with technology firms Kellogg, Brown & Root and Flaim.

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said: “Deakin University has executed more than 165 contracts with the Australian Defence Department, highlighting the important role our region’s institutions can play in driving innovation and generating cutting-edge capability in support of the ADF.

“This contract follows the signing of the $1bn agreement between Hanwha Defense Australia and the Morrison Government to produce Howitzers for the Australian Army, cementing our region’s position at the forefront of Australia’s defence industry for decades to come.”

Australia-based Opstar recently won a contract from the Australian Government to continue to provide search and rescue (SAR) services at HMAS Albatross.