The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will receive six more RAIDER Mobile Moving Target Systems, which mimic tanks and light armoured vehicles, as well as trailers and thermal targets.
The contract, valued at over $1 million, was awarded to Geelong’s Deakin University supporting nearly two dozen Australian small businesses.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the RAIDER was a world-first system developed by the university to provide more realistic mobile target systems for combined arms live-fire training.
“This project has already injected more than $1.5 million into the community through partnering with Australian small businesses,” Minister Price said. “This is leading technology developed here in Australia, which is not only creating opportunities for local industry but also keeping our soldiers safe.”
Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said of the 23 small businesses involved in the project, 14 were from the local Geelong community.
“The Morrison Government’s $200 billion investment in defence industry is creating opportunities like these right across Victoria,” Senator Henderson said. “I congratulate Deakin University on pioneering this technology and helping to ensure the ADF has the best capability to defend Australia’s interests.”
RAIDER is a mobile moving target system that enables soldiers to conduct live-fire day and night training in a highly realistic environment. RAIDER is 100% Australian designed, owned, manufactured and supported.
Travelling up to 40 km/h, multiple semi-autonomous self-driving RAIDER systems can be controlled remotely by a single operator, allowing a highly variable and dynamic training environment with low operating overheads.
RAIDER is a highly modular, upgradable, expandable and versatile training system, that is simple to operate and features construction methods that leverage existing sovereign capability.