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$4.6 million innovation contract to develop counter-IED technology

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, announced New South Wales-based company RingIR Pty Ltd, would receive $4.6 million to develop and demonstrate an innovative technology to enhance Defence capability.

Minister Pyne said he through the Defence Innovation Hub funding RingIR would develop a counter-improvised explosive device (IED) capability, which uses highly sensitive laser spectrometry technique to locate and identify the vapours exuded from explosives.

“This technology could be used to determine the location and type of IED, allowing Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel to effectively respond to improvised threats,” Minister Pyne said.

“This funding reflects the Government’s strong commitment to support and enhance the ADF by building innovation opportunities between Defence and industry.

“We need to ensure we maximise opportunities for Australian industry to contribute to our capability needs.”

The 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement outlined the Government’s commitment to building and harnessing the innovation potential of Australia’s defence industry.

On 5 December 2016, the Government launched the Defence Innovation Hub, which brings together existing Defence innovation programs to deliver a more streamlined and agile approach to Defence investment in innovation.

Source: Australian Government

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