Veteran-owned Melbourne company SORD Australia has been awarded a $338,000 contract to develop a concussion-reduction helmet that aims to better protect members of the Australian Defence Force.
FILE PHOTO (2017): A prototype helmet design (not the SORD Australia model) on display at Australia’s main base in the Middle East. Photo by Corporal Max Bree.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price announced the Defence Innovation Hub contract with SORD Australia today.
“We continue to invest in innovation to ensure a smarter and stronger Australian Defence Force by supporting Australian small and medium enterprises to develop technology useful to the warfighter,” Minister Price said.
“SORD’s concussion-reduction helmet concept seeks to lessen the risk of traumatic brain injuries, which can be caused by concussion, blunt trauma, ballistic and blast events.
“This technology has the potential to enhance individual safety and reduce the long-term effects of concussive injuries on men and women in the Australian Defence Force.
“SORD Australia is a fantastic example of how a small veteran-owned business can make a significant impact to our $200 billion defence industry.”
The government is investing approximately $640 million in Australian industry through the Defence Innovation Hub to develop innovative technology with Defence applications.
Industry and research organisations can submit innovation proposals through the Defence Innovation Portal www.business.gov.au/cdic
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