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ASCA releases first Innovation Challenge RFI

Just one month after its formation Defence’s Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator (ASCA) has issued a Request for Information for its first Innovation Challenge. ASCA is seeking information to support an Australian sovereign Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) and trusted autonomy industrial capabilities.

The RFI will close 21 August 2023 at 4:30pm AEST.

Defence is looking in particular for small, general-purpose systems that can be produced at greater scale than is currently possible to service a wide range of applications, but without the security limitations and supply chain vulnerability of current commercial suppliers.

Responses to this RFI may also support planning for developing innovative applications of existing uncrewed aerial systems, including applications involving increased autonomy.

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