BAE Systems to lead new Australian research centre

18 December 2017

BAE Systems Australia will be one of several participants in the Australian Department of Defence’s (DoD’s) new Defence Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for trusted autonomous systems, the DoD announced on 18 December.

The DoD said other inaugural members in the new CRC, which will be established in Queensland, include the DoD’s Defence Science and Technology Group, the RMIT University in Melbourne, and DefendTex, a local company that in 2015 acquired the assets of weapons developer Metal Storm, which was liquidated in 2012.

Announcing the members, Australia’s Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said the DoD was in “ongoing discussions” with Boeing Australia and Data61, an innovation group under the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), about their future involvement in the trusted autonomous systems group.

Want to read more? For analysis on this article and access to all our insight content, please enquire about our subscription options at

(150 of 320 words)