Australia’s defense department has awarded $4.6 million in contracts to three companies and two universities to develop multiple technology platforms for the Australian military.
Agent Oriented Software received a $295,000 contract to study the resiliency of autonomous teamed intelligent software against cyber attacks, while Explosive Protective Equipment secured a $189,000 contract to examine the potential of an amulet ground penetrating radar technology to detect improvised explosive devices from an unmanned ground vehicle.
Under a $1.7 million contract, the University of Newcastle in New South Wales will work to produce a virtual reality-based resilience training platform for Australian defense forces to train how to conduct operations in adverse environments.
Griffith University in Queensland landed a nearly $143,000 contract to develop a portable device that will work to detect airborne biological threats in real time.
Christopher Pyne, Australian minister for defense industry, said the department has invested $15.6 million in technology development contracts since the inception of its defense innovation hub in late 2016.