Monthly Archives: November 2017

Supporting wounded, injured and ill soldiers

Soldiers and their families met with Army’s senior leaders, Defence and Government healthcare providers at the 2017 Chief of Army Wounded, Injured and Ill Digger Forum in Canberra this week.

Participants at the annual forum shared their experiences of being or working with wounded, injured and ill soldiers and discussed the theme An Army Philosophy of Wellbeing: From Enlistment, Through Injury to Transition and Beyond.

Fire safety scientist wins Minister’s Award

Internationally recognised Defence scientist, Ms Zenka Mathys, has won the 2017 Minister’s Award for Achievement in Defence Science for improving fire safety for Navy ships, submarines and crew.
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today congratulated Ms Mathys from Defence Science and Technology’s Maritime Division for her outstanding scientific achievement in developing fire protection systems which have contributed significantly to the survivability of Navy platforms.

$10 million for Defence innovation by small businesses

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced $10 million would be invested over ten years in Australia’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to inspire and attract innovative research proposals from Defence industry.
Minister Pyne said the funding for the new initiative, called Small Business Innovation Research for Defence (SBIRD) will be provided by the $730 million Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF) to build Australia’s Defence capability.

Air Defence Project ripe for defence industry picking

Australian companies have the chance to win work on the Short Range Ground Based Air Defence System through subcontracting opportunities.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced seven industry showcase events aimed at connecting small to medium businesses with Raytheon Australia, the company selected to develop the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS).

Naming Our New Royal Australian Navy Support Ships

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced the names of the Royal Australian Navy’s future support ships.
The new fleet replenishment ships will be named Supply and Stalwart.
Supply will be the second vessel in the Royal Australian Navy to bear the name that has its origins with the armed tender ship that accompanied the First Fleet to Australia. Stalwart is being named after two previous Australian Navy vessels, one a destroyer that served between 1920 and 1925 and the second destroyer tender served from 1968 to 1990.

Defence innovation to save lives

Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan has announced locally-developed technology that will help save the lives of Australian troops.
The Australian Defence Force (ADF), Red Cross Blood Service and National Blood Authority have worked together since 2010 on the ADF Frozen Blood Project.
The Project will allow the supply of deep frozen red cells, platelets and plasma products that are suitable for use by Australian troops in military environments.
Mr Tehan today toured the Frozen Blood Project at the Red Cross Blood Service in Sydney.

Next steps for Medical Countermeasures Program

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced three projects selected to progress under Round Two of the Medical Countermeasures Program managed by the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC).
Minister Pyne said more than 50 expressions of interest were received from across Australia, and that the three successful projects will share around $5 million worth of funding under the program.

International Defence Science Challenge in Adelaide

Adelaide will host an international Defence science challenge at the Old Royal Adelaide Hospital this month to test new technologies to better protect soldiers and civilians involved in urban conflict zones.
Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne said around 100 Australian Defence Force Personnel and 80 researchers will use the challenge to investigate the use of new intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities for soldiers when operating in cities during conflict.