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Minister for Defence Industry Steven Ciobo and ADF personnel with the maritime portable detector

Minister for Defence Industry Steven Ciobo tries out the PRIED technology

The Royal Australian Navy and EPE have tested a prototype Maritime Portable Raman Improvised Explosive Detector (PRIED) that aims to provide sailors with safer, ‘stand-off’ detection of explosives, chemical warfare agents, narcotics and gases.

The test showcased the performance and functionality of this innovative technology, developed through a partnership between Queensland-based EPE and the Defence Innovation Hub.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, attended the test at HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin on 10 October. “This demonstration is a display of collaboration at its best, with Australian innovators and Australian Defence Force personnel working together in an effort to deliver the best innovation in defence capability,” Minister Ciobo said.

The PRIED is based on proven technology that until recently was only available as a vehicle-mounted capability. EPE entered a $1 million contract with the Defence Innovation Hub in February 2018 to further develop the baseline PRIED system for deployment in the maritime environment as a portable system.

The Defence Innovation Hub partners with innovators to provide opportunities for funding to further develop and prove technology to support Defence capability needs.