South Australian defence company, Asension has received a $4.35 million contract to deliver a space-based tactical sensor system for use by the defence department.
Asension, formerly known as DEWC Systems, was awarded the contract through the Defence Innovation Hub.
Defence industry minister Pat Conroy visited Asension’s headquarters in Adelaide on Thursday, and said said sovereign, space-enabled capabilities are critical to the future of Defence.
Conroy said: “The government’s partnership with innovative small businesses such as Asension will be critical to growing a robust, resilient and innovative industrial base for space technologies in Australia.
“Under this contract, Asension, an Australian owned and operated Electronic Warfare systems developer and integrator, will continue the development of a sovereign, space-based tactical sensor system.
“If successful, this technology will enhance the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) capability in the space domain through greater situational awareness and visibility.”
The contract follows Asension’s success in maturing their sensor technology through a previous Hub contract awarded in 2020.
Asension CEO Ian Spencer said the contract was an exciting opportunity for the small business to grow its workforce and to progress important space capability for defence.
Spencer said: “This contract has been pivotal to the successful development of this capability to date and has enabled Asension to grow as a company.”
This latest investment will continue the strong collaboration with the ADF in progressing the development of a tactical sensor that will be at the cutting edge, said Conroy.
“The Government is focused on nurturing Australian defence innovation, while supporting veteran-owned businesses who bring the expertise and experience to solve Defence’s tactical and strategic challenges.”
Picture: Asension/Ian Spencer at rear
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