A Victorian company has been awarded a $5.4 million contract to develop an innovative, deployable micro-grid that will help address an increase in the demand for power in the modern battlefield.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price welcomed the Government’s investment in QinetiQ, which has partnered with the University of Melbourne to develop its unique technology.
The contract was awarded through the Defence Innovation Hub, one of the Government’s leading innovation programs.
Using advanced energy management algorithms, QinetiQ’s technology will offer a power efficient, responsive and deployable micro-grid that will help ensure the ADF has access to power on the battlefield.
“Australia is at the centre of a dynamic and changing region characterised by rising powers, strategic competition and military modernisation,” Liberal Senator for Victoria James Paterson said. “This investment will deliver advanced and integrated solutions to emerging threats and challenges in our region, including the ‘grey-zone’ tactics of espionage, cyber-attacks and disinformation campaigns.”