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Australia announces another tranche of defence innovation investments

28 February 2018

The Australian government has announced another tranche of investments to be made through its Defence Innovation Hub to support the progression of indigenous technologies through to operational capabilities.

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said in a statement on 28 February that the latest tranche – worth AUD5.3 million (USD 4.14 million) – will see five organisations across Australia benefit from the initiative.

The investments include an AUD2.3 million contract awarded to BAE Systems Australia to explore the potential use of laser technology to detect low intensity signals. According to Pyne, BAE Systems Australia is the first defence prime company to be awarded a contract through the Defence Innovation Hub since the initiative was launched in December 2016.

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