$2.9 million in defence grants awarded


The final recipients of the Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority (SICP) and Defence Global Competitiveness Grant (DGCG) programs have been awarded a cumulative $2.9 million in funding.

In a statement on the new DIDG program, which was launched on Monday, industry minister Pat Conroy also shared news of nine grant recipients for the outgoing SICP and DGCG programs. 

The recipient list is republished below.

  • R&I Instrument & Gear Co (VIC) – $676,737 to procure and commission a multi-axis CNC gear hobbing and worm milling machining centre for precision fabrication of small gears used in a range of defence platforms including uncrewed aerial systems and land combat vehicles.
  • Kerr Engineering (WA) – $575,350 to install a high-speed double-column milling machine to enable the manufacture, refurbishment and repair of complex specialist steel components used in defence shipbuilding and ship maintenance.
  • Rud Chains (QLD) – $491,787 to acquire a robotic welder with a positional rotator for 9-axis complex welding of heavy lift and lashing products up to 1 tonne for use with military vehicles and trailers.
  • Aerobond (SA) – $354,053 to establish a Defence Radome Transmissivity Centre that will enable testing of radomes that protect antennas used on aircraft or maritime platforms for purposes such as intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, targeting, communications or weather monitoring.
  • NDE Solutions (SA) – $252,221 to assemble and commission a low-profile mechanical scanning tool for non-intrusive testing of high-risk componentry within limited access areas on submarines and for future shipbuilding programs.
  • Armor Australia (NSW) – $150,000 to acquire and commission a materials treatment technology used to improve the quality of personal body and platform armour.
  • Masters & Young (QLD) – $150,000 to procure and commission a 3D automated optical inspection system for precision evaluation of printed circuit boards used in a range of defence aviation, sensing and communications systems.
  • Gilmour Space Technologies (QLD) – $148,862 to acquire and commission a Zone 4 secure container to support the security requirements associated with international client space projects.
  • Mack Valves (VIC) – $136,753 to acquire, install and commission a computer numerical control vertical machining centre with associated tooling for use in manufacturing valves required for defence maritime platforms including patrol boats, frigates and submarines.

SICP and DGCG have both been revised and re-opened as streams within the Defence Industry Development Grant program.

Applications for DIDG open on Tuesday.

Picture: credit Aerobond

Further reading

$150 million Defence Industry Development Grants Program launched

Aerobond’s defence grant for guided weapons

Defence manufacturers receive $3.4m in grants

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