Victoria’s Deakin University is to develop a high-tech augmented and virtual naval firefighting training system for the Australian Defence Force.
The federal government has signed a $5.13 million contract with Deakin to continue its development of the cutting-edge system in partnership with technology companies Kellogg, Brown & Root and FLAIM..
The immersive training system for naval firefighting will combine virtual reality and augmented reality with artificial intelligence.
Minister for defence industry Melissa Price said the investment could significantly improve the ADF’s naval firefighting training capability.
Price said in a statement: “Deakin University’s new system will provide the ADF with a more diverse and realistic range of naval firefighting and training options that could significantly improve learning outcomes and safety.
“This investment highlights the innovative research and development that Australia’s sovereign industry is capable of producing and exporting.”
Deakin has developed a reputation for the relevance of its research to industry outcomes.
Spin off companies from the university’s Waurn Ponds campus include one-piece carbon fibre road wheel manufacturer Carbon Revolution.
Deakin has executed more than 165 contracts with the Australian Defence Department, and has been driving innovation and generating cutting-edge capability in support of the ADF, according to the government.
Defence recently signed a $1 billion agreement with Hanwha Defense Australia to produce Howitzers for the Australian Army in the Geelong region.
Picture: navy.gov.au/Fleet Base Sydney
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