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Sent: Friday, 20 June 2008 4:26 PM

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Friday, 20 June 2008 079/2008


Australian companies and universities will share $21.5 million in the latest round of defence capability development funding, the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP announced today.

“It is widely acknowledged that Australian industry plays a key role in supporting our Defence operations. So I am pleased to announce today that 12 innovative proposals have been selected for further development under the Capability and Technology Demonstrator Program.”

“The CTD program provides opportunities to show how advanced technology can provide significant enhancement to Defence capability. These 12 projects come from various industry sectors, and include small-to-medium enterprises, established defence contractors and Australian universities.

“It is exciting to see that the proposals receiving funding in 2008 cover a very wide spectrum of defence capability - from wearable solar panels to submarine sonar, from grenade launchers to GPS anti-jam units.

“The projects are a mix of leading edge technologies and innovative applications of existing technologies, with the potential to result in major savings for Defence, spin-offs for civilian use and export opportunities for Australian industry,” said Mr Snowdon.

The Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Program supports priority defence capability development by funding Australian industry to trial new technology. The work informs Defence of the potential performance and technical risks associated with future implementation.

The Defence Science and Technology Organisation manages the CTD Program on behalf of Defence.

For information about the 12 new CTD projects go to:

Media contacts: Kate Sieper (Mr Snowdon) 02 6277 7620 or 0488 484 689 Lorraine Mulholland (DSTO) 02 6128 6385 or 0424 779 498 Defence Media Liaison 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664

THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP Minister for Defence Science and Personnel