Investment in industry capability pays off
3 December 2014
Four Defence projects which received grant funding under the Defence Materiel Organisation’s (DMO) Priority Industry Capability Innovation Program (PICIP) have been completed and the companies are now pursuing market opportunities.
DMO’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr Harry Dunstall said the four projects, collectively worth around $3.3 million, were part of a broader grants program that awarded around $20 million to 14 companies in 2012 and 2013.
“The PICIP grants have assisted the four companies to further develop their technologies and services in areas identified as being of strategic importance to the Australian Defence Force,” Mr Dunstall said.
“These critical areas of Defence capability include anti-tampering capabilities and electronic warfare.”
The grant funding from Defence, matched on a ‘dollar for dollar’ basis by each company, has allowed the four companies to achieve significant milestones, namely:
- Cirrus Real Time Processing Systems Pty Ltd has broadened the applications for its Sensor Association and Fusion Engine technology;
- Exelis C4i Pty Ltd has taken key steps in the market-readiness of its fifth generation end to end internet protocol based voice and data communication system;
- Jenkins Engineering Defence Systems Pty Ltd has expanded their antenna testing services to include NearField Scanning of Radio Frequency antennas; and
- Secure Systems Limited has commercialised a portable storage device that allows highly classified data to be stored, yet allow the device to be handled as unclassified.
“I welcome the completion of these projects and wish these companies every success in the defence and commercial applications of their technology solutions,” Mr Dunstall said.
“The four companies are small to medium enterprises with niche products, and their participation in the grant program has assisted in improving their competitiveness here in Australia and in the international marketplace.”
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