Exail.comThe first in a series of AUKUS Innovation Challenges, the AUKUS Electronic Warfare Innovation Challenge, has been launched through the Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator (ASCA), delivering on a commitment made by AUKUS Defence Ministers in December 2023.

The first AUKUS Challenge will seek innovative solutions to shared electronic warfare challenges from industry and research institutions in Australia, the United Kingdom and United States.

ASCA will lead the Australian component of this challenge simultaneously alongside the United Kingdom, led by the Defence and Security Accelerator, and United States, led by the Defense Innovation Unit.

Defence is looking forward to working with industry and research institutions to deliver cutting-edge capabilities for the Australian Defence Force while securing a competitive advantage to deter threats to regional security.

Each country will assess winners based on a set of pre-determined criteria aligned to national interests and priorities, with shared access to the best solutions across all three national challenges.

Professor Emily Hilder, Head of ASCA, said, “The electromagnetic spectrum is an increasingly contested, complex and competitive environment. It is exciting that electronic warfare is the first of the AUKUS Innovation Challenges and we look forward to seeing not only what Australian capability is available, but across our AUKUS partners as well.” 

Stephen Moore, First Assistant Secretary AUKUS Advanced Capabilities, Department of Defence, said, “The release of this Challenge creates an opportunity for Australian defence industry and academia to pitch the very best ideas to a trilateral audience. Defence is pleased to be delivering this Challenge through ASCA.”

More information on the AUKUS Electronic Warfare Challenge is available at www.asca.gov.au.


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  1. calling them ” innovation challenges ” makes me nervous. Should not be a challenge to experienced people who know their oats

  2. Electronic Warfare covers a lot of areas, it seems to me that the announcement is a bit ambiguous in what the actual challenge is. Sound very much like “Just make the Announcement, we’ll fill you in on what your doing later ( read ,send more money). Hopefully i’m wrong and something will come of this , Australia has a lot of talent that is constantly overlooked in favour of overseas Technology, so maybe we get to shine.Perhaps if Marles and Crew actually had a clue about what they were doing it would be helpful

    • To be fair, Australian contracts are usually handed out to whoever offers the greatest “advisory” jobs for the political class to take when they retire from politics, gracefully or not.

      As for Australian talent, why would you beat your head against a rock, when you can peddle your sought after wares to other “customers” who don’t just have the financial incentive, but are also less “risk adverse”.


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