A New South Wales-based company, RingIR Pty Ltd, would receive $4.6 million to develop and demonstrate a counter-IED (improvised explosive device) capability for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), Christopher Pyne, Minister for Defence Industry announced, Dec. 6.
The counter-IED capability, which uses highly sensitive laser spectrometry technique to locate and identify the vapours exuded from explosives, will be developed through the Defence Innovation Hub funding.
“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”, he added.
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.
Australian Department of Defence