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Australia releases Defence Industry Development Strategy (DIDS)

The Australian Department of Defence has released a Defence Industry Development Strategy (DIDS) that defines the strategic rationale for a sovereign defence industrial base and sets out pathways for maximising support for Australian industry and its critical contribution to national security. The DIDS articulates for the first time the defence industrial base needed by Australian…

ONR Global launches US$750K Global-X Challenge 2024

The US Navy’s Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG Global) has launched the 2024 Global-X Challenge which could see winners earning US$1 million ($1.52 million). White papers are encouraged, but not compulsory and are due 18 March 2024, with full proposals due 20 May 2024. ONRG Global has called for proposals from international academia and industry researchers…

DSC’s Collaborative Research Grants now open for applications

Applications for round 6 of the Defence Science Centre’s Collaborative Research Grants are now open. Applications close 5.00pm (AWST) on 12 April 2024. The Collaborative Research Grant (CRG) program provides between $50,000 and $150,000 in funding for Western Australian research and innovation collaborations focusing on defence priority areas. The CRG Program is for DSC-member universities…

Elbit Systems to provide self-protection for Redback

Haifa-based Elbit Systems has been awarded a US$600 million ($917 million) contract from Hanwha Defense Australia to supply self-protection systems for the Australian Army’s Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV). Hanwha Defense Australia was awarded the $7 billion contract to provide the Australian Army with 129 Redbacks in 2028 under Project Land 400 Ph.3. They will…

UNSW opens nuclear engineering lab

The Sydney-based University of New South Wales (UNSW) has opened its Nuclear Innovation Centre (UNIC) to advance Australia’s nuclear science industry. The Centre is underpinned by a $7.5 million donation from the Sir William Tyree Foundation, which will fund a research program, scholarships for Masters and PhDs in nuclear engineering, and will support junior academic…

ADSTAR 24 to be held in Canberra

The 2024 edition of ADSTAR, the Australian Defence Science, Technology and Research Summit, will be held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra on 17-19 Seotember. ADSTAR 24 builds on the success of the inaugural ADSTAR which was held in 2022 at Sydney’s International Conventional Centre (ICC). Although it predated the release of the Defence…

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