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Innovation and R&D have always been the essential foundations of a strong, sustainable defence industry. Australia’s 2016 Defence White Paper, Defence Industry Policy Statement (DIPS) and Defence Integrated Investment Program (DIIP) acknowledge the importance of successful Defence R&D and innovation to the nation’s defence industry and thus to Australian defence policy. The 2020 Defence Force Structure Plan reinforced these foundations.

EX2 was set up by Dr Gregor Ferguson, a defence industry and innovation analyst and consultant, to make a useful contribution in Australia’s new and welcoming defence business environment.

EX2 helps innovators in Defence, the research sector and industry, and especially SMEs, by providing news and insight about innovation in Defence and adjacent sectors such as space, aerospace and resources.

Gregor Ferguson writes, teaches, advises and runs a national program designed to encourage and reward innovators in the defence, aerospace and maritime domains in both industry and the research and academic communities.

View his bio here (PDF opens in new window).

Dr Gregor Ferguson, Ph.D, BA (Hons), MRAeS

DroneShield secures R&D Tax Incentive

Sydney-based DroneShield has received a $2 million R&D Tax Incentive as a cash payment from the Australian government. The payment, awarded for DroneShield’s R&D work throughout 2021, represents the largest recorded government incentive since the company’s inception. Oleg Vornik, DroneShield’s…

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Hanwha, OneWeb to pursue Australian SATCOM project

Hanwha Systems Corporation (HSC) and Hanwha Defense Australia (HDA), Korea’s two leading defense companies, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UK-based OneWeb to explore the joint provision of connectivity services to the Australian defence market. Their initial target is…

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Defence establishes Geospatial goods and services panel

Defence has established the Geospatial Goods and Services Standing Offer Panel (GeoPanel) to procure Geospatial goods, services and relevant emerging geospatial technologies from approved industry providers. The GeoPanel provides the framework for Australian Defence Organisation and Defence Portfolio Agencies to…

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DSTG selects Airbus to build 150kg satellites

Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) has selected Airbus Defence and Space to build two experimental 150kg satellites. The satellites will support DSTG’s Resilient Multi-mission Space STaR Shot, a strategic research program established to develop future space capabilities for…

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