Australian Government grants funding to enhance defence capability

2 February 2017 (Last Updated February 2nd, 2017 18:30)

The Australian Government has invested $1.7m in funding to develop and demonstrate new technologies that would help improve the country's defence capability.

The Australian Government has invested $1.7m in funding to develop and demonstrate new technologies that wowill help improve the country's defence capability.

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne announced yesterday that the government funding will be received by South Australia-based company Ultra Electronics Avalon Systems.

Minister Pyne said: “This project will complement existing ship-borne radar systems. I am pleased to announce Ultra Electronics Avalon Systems will receive funding to take this innovative technology to the next level.”

The current project will help develop new techniques that would facilitate naval ships with early warnings of incoming low flying air threats, such as anti-ship missiles.

Pyne added: “We are determined to use the defence dollars to drive a higher technology, advanced manufacturing future.

"We are determined to use the defence dollars to drive a higher technology future, and maximise opportunities for Australian Industry to contribute to meeting our capability needs."

“We need to ensure that we maximise opportunities for Australian Industry to contribute to meeting our capability needs.”

According to the minister, the current investment made by the government revealed its strong commitment to boosting and improving the Australian Defence Force (ADF) by creating unique opportunities for collaboration between the country’s defence force and industry.

The Defence Industry Policy Statement issued last year highlighted the government’s initiative to build and strengthen the innovation potential of the country’s defence industry.

The Australian Government opened the new Defence Innovation Hub on 5 December last year to help in bringing together existing defence innovation programmes, with a view to offering a more streamlined and agile approach to Defence investment for future projects.