Brisbane Company Gets $3.3 Million Boost in Pursuit Of Aussie First


A Brisbane robotics and AI company has been awarded a $3.3 million contract to  to develop an unmanned combat vehicle the likes of which has never been made in Australia.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price welcomed the investment in Cyborg Dynamics Engineering to develop its semi-autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV). The contract is the company’s first with the Defence Innovation Hub.

Cyborg Dynamics’ innovation will integrate an array of supporting Australian technologies into a modular, robotic platform, which if successful, could enhance the load carriage, fire support capabilities and protection of dismounted soldiers.

It will also explore on-board AI target recognition and advanced driving technologies that could allow for single person operation.

This would enable the all-terrain platform to improve in-field soldier capabilities and lethality, ultimately reducing operator risk by providing a robotic-assisted force.

Assistant Minister to the Attorney-General, Assistant Minister for Women, Assistant Minister for Industrial Relations and Senator for Queensland Amanda Stoker said this was a major win for the State.

“This is a first-of-its-kind and a testament to Queensland’s innovation prowess,” Senator Stoker said.
“I’m pleased to see Brisbane’s increasing contribution to strengthening Australia’s sovereign defence capabilities.”


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