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Army March 28, 2013
Future technologies funded
Program puts $13 million into new technologies ranging from better ballistic protection to missile defence
A COMBAT helmet system with high-
powered rifle and increased fragment
protection is one of eight projects com-
prising a $13 million investment to
develop future Defence technologies
under the Capability and Technology
The projects feature new technolo-
gies and novel applications for existing
technologies that cover a diverse range
of potential Defence applications for
the Army, Navy and Air Force.
Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon announced
round 17 of the Capability and
Technology Demonstrator Program on
The technology proposals include
lightweight, shock-proof combat hel-
mets made from composite materi-
als, protection of electronic warfare
systems from interference, protection
against loss of operational data, a pas-
sive radar system for detecting objects
without a transmitter and an integrated
system for automatic video detection
"By supporting these proposals, we
create the potential to advance Defence
capability, produce innovative prod-
ucts for Defence and civilian use, and
stimulate Australian industry growth,"
Mr Snowdon said.
He said the program -- which DSTO
manages -- had produced very good
results for high-risk research and
development projects that benefitted
Defence and Australian industry.
He was particularly pleased that
four small-to-medium enterprises and
an academic institution succeeded in
getting through the highly competitive
selection process for Round 17.
Since the program began, Defence
has invested $250 million in 104 pro-
1. Wideband adaptive interference
canceller (Ultra Electronics --
Avalon Systems, SA)
2. Sensor augmented vision for
improved operation of rotor-
craft in a degraded visual
Simulation Australia, SA -- for-
merly known as Sydac)
3. Data cloudlets to support IT
services (SMS Consulting
4. Active electronic scanned array
for high bandwidth data (CEA
5. Passive radar to detect objects
by picking up the energy radi-
ated or reflected by them (BAE
6. Photonic enhanced radio fre-
quency front end, which should
improve detection of smaller,
faster, smarter targets like
missiles (University of Sydney,
7. Combat helmet system with
high powered rifle and in-
creased fragment protection
(Armor Composite Engineer-
8. CEA missile simulation target
(with CEA Technologies, ACT)
jects, half of them proposed by small-
Ninety-four projects have been com-
pleted, 86 of them have had successful
demonstrations and 15 of these have
entered service. Ten projects are still in
progress under contract.
New kit: Associate Professor Xiaoke Yi (centre) demonstrates new technology being developed with
support from the Capability and Technology Demonstrator Program to Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon (left) at the University of Sydney.
Photo by AB Nicolas Gonzalez
Hard hat: Projects
being funded under
a ballistic helmet
able to stop a high-
powered rifle round
DEFENCE has announced a joint ven-
ture with Sydney Theatre Company to
develop a stage play based on the person-
al stories of servicemen and women who
have been wounded or injured in their
service. Their stories will be the basis for
the production and they will be the cast.
The ADF Theatre Project will use the
performing arts to support the recovery
of wounded, injured and ill ADF person-
nel and will provide Australian audiences
with a unique insight into some of the
impact and challenges associated with
Sponsored by CDF Gen David
Hurley, the ADF Theatre Project has
been endorsed at the highest levels in
Defence, including the Service Chiefs.
"The production will be a powerful
means for participants to share their per-
sonal stories," Gen Hurley said.
"Participants will have a unique
opportunity to achieve something differ-
ent and be part of an activity that focuses
on their abilities, rather than their indi-
The ADF Theatre Project is in the
early stages of development and an act-
ing workshop will be run in August to
prepare ADF personnel who are selected
to participate in the project.
The play will be performed in loca-
tions around Australia from February to
April 2014. ADF personnel interested in
participating are advised to talk to their
COs for further information.
Play to tell the stories
of wounded diggers
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