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Tag Archives: Defence

Starting-up and commercialising technology for a lighter, higher-performing ballistic helmet

Thriving industries need perpetual renewal through entrepreneurship and start-ups. One of Australia’s most promising start-ups is The Smart Think, which has developed a new composite forming technology to produce lighter, safer and higher-performing ballistic helmets for the global defence market. At a mere 30 years of age, Tristan Alexander, CEO of The Smart Think, has…

Composites technology reducing the risk to our military personnel

Plan Jericho was launched by the Royal Australian Air Force in 2015 as a means to transform the Air Force for the information age. Its purpose is to give our Air Force the edge to protect Australia from technologically sophisticated and rapidly changing threats. A key feature of the Plan is development funding for SMEs…

Penguin Composites wins defence contract

In a win for Australian manufacturing, Tasmanian company Penguin Composites has signed a contract with Thales Australia to build bonnets and various parts for the new Hawkei protected Army vehicles. The three-year contract, worth over $8 million, represents the company’s first major defence-related contract, and is expected to create around 15 jobs at its facility…