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Australian DoD to invest $13 mln in defence R&D

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CANBERRA (BNS): The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) is planning to invest $13 million innovative Australian research projects involving helicopters, objects in space, sonar analysis and solar energy, announced the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon.

“In supporting these proposals we have the potential to advance Defence capability, produce innovative products for Defence and civilian use and stimulate Australian industry growth,” Mr Snowdon was quoted as saying in an Australian Department of Defence news release.

Five projects were selected out of 119 submissions received under Round 15 of the Defence Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Programme.

The five proposed projects are: Nanoparticle-Hydrophone Development; Active Pulse Analysis System (APAS); Integrated Power System for Dismounted Combat; Pegasus Aircraft Buoyancy System; and Integration of EO/Laser Space Object Tracking Capability.

The CTD Program, managed by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation and sponsored by the Capability Development Group, supports Australian industry in demonstrating new technologies that have the potential to contribute to Defence capability.

Since the program began in 1997, Defence has invested $237 million in 99 projects. Of these, 72 projects have been completed successfully, 11 projects have transitioned either into service or as a contender for a major project, and a further 11 have transitioned into funded CTD Extension or CTD Transition Projects.

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