US defence technology company Leidos Australia and Perth’s Terra15 will together develop an easily deployable underwater sensor that will strengthen Australia’s maritime security.
The partners and the University of Melbourne’s School of Engineering have received a $1.6 million Defence Innovation Hub contract to develop the technology.
Announcing the grant defence industry minister Melissa Price said it would support the development of fibre-optic methods of conducting underwater reconnaissance.
Price said today: “This could significantly reduce the cost of existing capabilities.
“It is critical that Defence, industry and research institutions work together to develop technologies that could improve Australia’s maritime security.”
Leidos Australia employs 1,400 providing IT applications to the taxation office and software applications for a wide range of missions in the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance domain.
Terra15 specialises in vibration and acoustic sensing.
The company’s technology can connect to any standard fibre optic cable and use the cable as thousands of vibration sensors, with every metre of the cable functioning as both an acoustic pickup and a vibration/seismic sensor.
The federal government has committed $800 million for Defence Innovation Hub investment over the decade to 2030.
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