"It will help support a number of local jobs across Australia and keep local defence industry involved in the latest innovation for Australia’s defence.”
The Australian government has announced the second tranche of Defence Innovation Hub investments worth AU$12.3 million, looking at the exploration of innovation technologies from unmanned undersea glider for surveillance to quantum cybersecurity and 3D sensors for threat monitoring in conflict zones.
The full list of explorations being funded is below:
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP said, “This investment will see a number of organisations across Australia benefit from this initiative to develop game changing defence equipment. It will help support a number of local jobs across Australia and keep local defence industry involved in the latest innovation for Australia’s defence.”
The Defence Innovation Hub was established in December last year to facilitate and nurture the development of innovative technology and ideas in support of Defence capability.
The Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF) and the Defence Innovation Hub form the core of a new integrated defence innovation system for Australia, as outlined in the Government’s Defence Industry Policy Statement. A number of Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) are being set up under the NGTF. NGTF has been allocated an investment of around AU$730 million till June 2026, while the Defence Innovation Hub will receive around AU$640 million over the decade to FY 2025–26.
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