NSW defence and security contractor DroneShield has beaten some of the nation’s leading companies to be crowned the winner of the Advanced Technologies Award at the 59th Australian Export Awards. This year, the NSW firm has established itself as a global market leader in counter drone protection – while also expanding into radar, sensor fusion and artificial intelligence. By harnessing these technologies, the firm is creating advanced defence systems which can identify drones by their make and model, determine if they are armed, and knock them out of the sky if necessary to protect airports, civilian population centres and military facilities. Despite being founded in 2014, DroneShield already has customers in more than 120 countries, including the Australian Army and the US Department of Homeland Security.

DroneShield CEO Oleg Vornik said the company was thrilled to be recognised as Australia’s top Advanced Technology exporter. We’d like to take this chance to thank the Federal and NSW governments for their continued support which has allowed us to rapidly expand our operations around the globe.”

Vornik says the key to the company’s success is their commitment to public safety and working closely with defence and government partners. “We’re thrilled to be a growing STEM employer who has some of the nation’s brightest minds on our team working together to keep the public safe.”

The annual Australian Export Awards are presented by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), in collaboration with the states and territories.

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