Australia investing in new defense technology proposals

Australian has committed $11.8 million for development of future defense technology in the latest round of its Capability and Technology Demonstrator Program.
Minister for Defense David Johnston said proposals of seven organizations have been approved for funding under this year’s program.
The companies are GPSat Systems Australia, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, CEA Technologies, the University of Adelaide’s Adelaide Research & Innovation, EM Solutions, BAE Systems Australia and Lockheed Martin Australia.

Proposals included a new technology for improved detection of interference sources affecting GPS, a portable fuel cell to improve energy support to forward operating bases, software for rapid submarine communications, and a sound deadener to improve submarine stealth by reducing exhaust noise from diesel engines.

Other improved proposals were development of a portable global wideband satellite communications terminal for small ships, technology to improve the processing performance of maritime radars, and a miniature radio frequency kit for next-generation counter-missile decoys.
“These proposals have the potential to advance defense capability, produce innovative products for defense and civilian use and stimulate Australian industry growth,” Johnston said.

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