Eleven SMEs share defence grants

Eleven Australian businesses have received a total of nearly $5 million to help them to grow defence industry capability under the Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants programme.

Defence industry minister Melissa Price said: “Queensland-based Cyborg Dynamics Engineering is developing a robotic unmanned ground vehicle.

“Their grant funding will be used to fund the project’s design, materials, equipment and testing.

“Another recipient, New South Wales-based company Rojone Pty Ltd, is establishing a fibre optic cable assembly capability.”

The Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority grants:

# Frontline Manufacturing received $710,000 for a specialised brake press for manufacturing metal plate used on armoured fighting vehicles.

# SRC Australia received $311,384 for specialist hardware that will enable the facility to support warfighting functions.

# Infinite Engineering received $1,000,000 to purchase capital equipment that will increase scale of manufacturing capacity and capability.

# Cyborg Dynamics Engineering $426,150 to fund project design, materials, equipment and testing.

# Jehbco Manufacturing received $123,654 for new capital equipment to expand production capabilities.

# Aero Spec Engineering received $399,077 for manufacturing equipment, building modifications, staff training and accreditation.

# RUAG Australia received $1,000,000 for automation.

# The Smart Think Australia received $207,291 for new capital equipment that will increase productivity, and broaden the range of products available.

# Aquaterro Advanced Product Supplies received $372,317 for weapons and ammunition, in line with Defence specifications.

# Simbiant received $278,475 for a software-defined radar advanced signal processing facility.

# Rojone received $129,950 to purchase capital equipment and undertake technical training supporting production of military grade cable assemblies.

Grant applications can be made at any time and can be submitted through the Centre for Defence Industry Capability website at: www.business.gov.au/cdic

Image: RUAG Australia Bayswater plant

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