Minister Reynolds addressing DMTC conference 2019

The Defence Innovation Hub awarded a contract to Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) to collaborate with Thales Australia on an innovative project to explore the potential benefits of networking equipment carried by soldiers, the Minister for Defence Industry, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds, has announced.

The Defence Innovation Hub contract, valued at more than $270,000, will explore the networking of small arms and future battle systems.

Minister Reynolds announced the contract during her keynote address to open the second day of the DMTC Annual Conference.

“The best innovations never happen in isolation,” Minister Reynolds said.

The Defence Innovation Hub is part of the Government’s $1.6 billion commitment to developing Defence capability through growing Australia’s defence industry and innovation sectors.

Conference attendees also heard from Daronmont Technologies, which in 2016 was one of the first companies to engage with the Defence Innovation Hub and the Centre for Defence Industry Capability.