L3-Micreo to export IED protection systems

Brisbane’s L3-Micreo will produce and export more than 14,000 SILVERSHIELD units which protect vehicles from radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The units will be delivered to the Afghanistan National Defence and Security Forces and are in addition to 16,000 systems exported in 2018. The latest contract, announced by defence industry minister, Linda Reynolds, brings to…

DST developing new underwater sensor

Scientists from Australia’s Defence Science and Technology group have successfully demonstrated underwater detection with a new type of sensor. The detector, which utilises a cutting-edge single-photon avalanche detector (SPAD) built by a team led by scientist Joyce Mau, has been patented by DST. SPAD is a solid-state photodetector in which photons of light can trigger…

DroneShield powers ahead in latest quarter

Sydney-based drone security manufacturer, DroneShield (ASX: DRO) powered ahead in the latest quarter substantially increasing cash inflows and reducing cash burn. The company, which makes DroneShield, DroneSentinel and DroneGun Tactical products to detect and eliminate threats from rogue drones, booked revenue of more than a million for the first time in the quarter ended 31…

Nupress wins F-35 Lightning engine contracts

Hunter-based Nupress Tools has won a contract with Pratt & Whitney to manufacture precision machined small parts for the jet engines that power Australia’s new F-35 fighter jet. The company has signed a seven year, multi million dollar contract to produce five different components for the sophisticated single-engine plane. The company will produce 50 per…

Micro-X forms alliance with Thales Group

By Angela Skujins South Australian company Micro-X has signed a contract with Thales Group to develop its mobile X-ray products for security purposes. Under a new contract with the global company, Adelaide-based Micro-X will develop multiple image processing systems for defence and security purposes. Micro-X manufactures carbon nanotube X-ray systems that are portable and adaptable…

Audit office raises doubts over maintenance of Navy ships

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has delivered scathing criticism of Defence’s sustainment programme for some of the country’s most important naval assets. The office’s report found sustainment of the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet of eight ANZAC class frigates was not meeting most of its key performance indicators. The ANZACs service life has been extended…