Australia: The Australian Department of Defence is investing up to USD 13 million for development of future defence technology under Round 18 of the Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) programme. The CTD programme is managed by the Defence Science and Technology Organization (DTSO) and enhances Australia's defence capabilities by offering local industry an opportunity to develop and demonstrate new technologies. “Seven technology proposals from Australian companies and universities have been selected to demonstrate possible defence applications in 2014. These proposals have the potential to advance defence capability, produce innovative products for defence and civilian use, and stimulate Australian industry growth,” said David Johnston, Australian Defence Minister Senator.
The projects were submitted by GPSat Systems Australia, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, CEA Technologies, Adelaide Research & Innovation (University of Adelaide), EM Solutions, BAE Systems Australia and Lockheed Martin Australia. The proposals include a new technology for improved detection of interference sources affecting GPS, a portable fuel cell to boost energy support to forward operating bases, software for rapid submarine communications and a sound deadener to improve submarine stealth through reduction in exhaust noise from diesel engines. Other proposals include the development of a portable global wideband satellite communications terminal suitable for smaller ships, technology to improve the processing performance of maritime radars, as well as a miniature radio frequency kit for next generation decoys that protect Australian Defence Forces (ADF) platforms from missiles.
Source: Army technology