The Australian government last Thursday announced that it had awarded A$1.7 million to Ultra Electronics Pty Ltd to build early warning system techniques for the Australian Navy.
Ultra Electronics will develop the techniques to provide naval ships with early warning of low flying air threats, such as anti-ship missiles.
Defence minister Christopher Pyne said that the grant would improve the technology available to the Navy.
“This project will complement existing ship-borne radar systems,” Pyne said.
“I am pleased to announce Ultra Electronics Avalon Systems Pty Ltd will receive funding to take this innovative technology to the next level. We are determined to use the defence dollar to drive a higher technology, advanced manufacturing future.
“We need to ensure that we maximise opportunities for Australian Industry to contribute to meeting our capability needs.”
In February this year, the Defence Department tendered for its IT procurement panel. Last year, the Government launched the Defence Innovation Hub, which brings together existing Defence innovation programs to try to streamline investment in innovation.