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Defence Strategic Policy and Intelligence Group

Previously Funded Projects

Round 17 CTD Projects

The successful projects for Round 17 of the CTD Program are as follows:

  • Wideband Adaptive Interference Canceller which aims to protect Electronic Warfare (EW) systems from on-board and off-board electronic interference (Ultra Electronics — Avalon Systems Pty Ltd, SA).
  • Sensor Augmented Vision for Improved Operation of Rotorcraft in a Degraded Visual Environment (SAVIOUR) which seeks to reduce the probability of helicopter accidents caused by spatial disorientation in bad weather and light by providing aircrew with an all-direction, augmented view of the outside environment (Rheinmetall Simulation Australia Pty Ltd (formerly known as Sydac), SA).
  • Data Cloudlets to Support IT Services which will develop techniques for protecting and synchronising data before, during and after a sudden disconnection to avoid loss of operational data (SMS Consulting Group Ltd, NSW).
  • Active Electronic Scanned Array for High Bandwidth Data, a proposal to develop a capability for a high bandwidth, ship-to-ship communication link by adapting equipment currently installed on ANZAC Class Frigates (CEA Technologies Pty Ltd, ACT).
  • Passive Radar designed to demonstrate a system that detects objects by picking up the energy radiated or reflected by them, without requiring a transmitter (BAE Systems Ltd, SA).
  • Photonic Enhanced Radio Frequency Front End will use advances in microchip and photonic technologies to build a high-sensitivity electronic front end — placed between a radar antenna and follow-on signal processing stages — which should improve detection of smaller, faster, smarter targets like missiles, as well as generally enhance operational intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. (The University of Sydney, NSW).
  • Combat Helmet System with High Powered Rifle and Increased Fragment Protection which aims to apply new bonding and laminating techniques to make advanced ceramic helmet shells to be manufactured into light weight composite infantry helmets offering multi-hit and shock protection for soldiers (Armor Composite Engineering Pty Ltd, NSW).
  • CEA Missile Simulation Target (CEAMIST) which plans to develop the Navy capability to conduct anti-missile training exercises with low cost realistic radar targets (with CEA Technologies Pty Ltd, ACT).

Round 18 Projects

The successful projects for Round 18 of the CTD Program are as follows:

  • GPS RF Interference locator, which is a new technology to improve the detection and location of interference sources affecting the Global Navigation Satellite System (GPSas Systems Australia, VIC).
  • Portable, Reversible Hydrogen Fuel Cell, which will demonstrate a low-signature, rechargeable and portable energy supply to support forward operating bases with the ability to recharge a wide range of soldier-borne electronic devices (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, VIC).
  • The Intelligent Submarine Communications Exchange Environment, which envisages the development of an improved way for submarine operators to gather, store, filter and prioritise information for very fast exchange at a time of their choosing (Lockheed Martin Australia).
  • The Active Exhaust Silencer for Submarine Engines, which is a project whereby a silencer will be developed to reduce the exhaust noise generated by large, diesel-electric submarines (University of Adelaide, SA).
  • The Miniature Modular Radio Frequency Assembly, which is a small, modular radio frequency assembly that can be used in next-generation smart electronic warfare decoys (BAE Systems Australia).
  • The Tri-Band, On-the-Move, WGS SATCOM Terminal, which is a simultaneous, Tri-band, Wideband Global satellite communications capability to consolidate antennae arrays and save weight on warships (EM Solutions, QLD).
  • The Cryo-Cooled Microwave Dielectric Sapphire Resonator, which will investigate a new type of oscillator capable of generating radar signals of higher stability to improve the Doppler processing performance of maritime radars (CEA Technologies, ACT).

Round 19 Projects

The successful projects for Round 19 of the CTD Program are as follows:

  • Low Profile Body Armour, where new bonding, coating and laminating techniques and composite materials will be applied to develop a thin, curved, stand-alone body armour plates for the individual soldier (Armor Composite Engineering, NSW).
  • New Concept Miniature Radio Frequency Receiver, which expects to deliver a lightweight, portable radio frequency antenna that is considerably smaller than existing receivers (CSIRO).
  • Lightweight Mobile X-Ray is a lightweight, small, energy-efficient diagnostic medical x-ray unit suitable for use in a deployed medical facility and a second unit that will provide improved explosive ordnance and improvised explosive device detection capability (Micro-X Pty Ltd, VIC).
  • Anti-Submarine Warfare Unmanned Surface Vessel, which is an Unmanned Surface Vessel uniquely suited for anti-submarine warfare surveillance (Ocius Technology Ltd, NSW).
  • Tactile Cueing System for Degraded Visual and Threat Environments that aims to increase the survivability of Australian Defence Force (ADF) helicopters, aircraft and soldiers in both degraded visual and threat environments (University of Canberra, ACT).
  • Data Deconstruction for Low Bandwidth Transmission of Large Volume Geophysical Spatial Data, which is a novel technique called Data Deconstruction to transmit 3D data that meets the low bandwidth and security requirements needed for secure Defence communications (Bureau of Meteorology).
  • Low Cost High-G Centrifuge for Pilot Training, which is a Short-Radius high-G (SuRGe) Centrifuge, able to be fitted to existing simulators for pilot training (Deakin University, VIC).

Round 20 Projects

The successful projects for Round 20 of the CTD Program are as follows:

  • Hear and See Through Armour, will demonstrate a new system that will enable an armoured vehicle crew wear virtual reality glasses with headphones in order to see and hear as though their vehicle is not there (Tectonica Australia, VIC).
  • Maritime Composite RF Sensor Performance — Decision Support System, to enhance battlespace awareness in the maritime domain (BAE Systems Australia Ltd, VIC).
  • Laser Cladding Repair Technology, to rapidly and readily repair corroded, worn and managed aircraft components and reduce the costs associated with aircraft maintenance and improve aircraft availability (RUAG Australia, VIC).
  • Ultra-High Quality Signal Generation for Over the Horizon Radar, to upgrade the overall performance of the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN), through a performance upgrade of its essential sub-systems (University of Adelaide, SA).
  • Precision Inertial Navigation with Cold Atoms, to improve the performance of inertial navigational systems to GPS denied or degraded situations (Australian National University, ACT).
  • Intelligent Battlespace Advisor, technology that acts as an advisor to intelligence analysts and operators that will augment their skills and provide an additional layer of certainty for the experienced operator (Agent Oriented Software Pty Ltd, VIC).
  • Submarine Stealth Induction Mast, to demonstrate a highly hydrodynamic mast for submarines to improve their stealth capability (PMB Defence Engineering Pty Ltd, SA).