Tasmanian UAV engine company wins government export grant

A Tasmanian company considered a world leader in the production of unmanned aerial vehicle engines has received a $150,000 grant under the Defence Global Competitiveness Grant program.

FILE PHOTO: A BlueBird Aero Systems ThunderB UAV powered by a Currawong Engineering engine. BlueBird Aero Systems photo.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price today announced Tasmanian business Currawong Engineering is the latest recipient of a Defence Global Competitiveness Grant.

“The export grant is a further investment in Australia’s defence industry to help small businesses pursue opportunities in global markets and boost their export capability,” Minister Price said.

“The Defence Global Competitiveness Grant program is a key element of the government’s program to grow exports, delivering a robust sovereign Australian defence industry.

“Currawong Engineering will use its grant to purchase specialist plant equipment to increase electronics production capability for parts used in unmanned aerial vehicles.

“Currawong Engineering is a great example of the capability that Tasmania’s defence industry has to offer.”

Senator for Tasmania Jonno Duniam said Currawong Engineering was a trusted supplier in the defence and security market.

“The grant will assist Currawong to increase production and deliver capability with shorter lead times, boosting its export opportunities into North America,” Senator Duniam said.

“Currawong has established itself as a world-leader in engines for UAVs, and I’m proud to be backing this innovative Tasmanian business.”

Defence Global Competitiveness Grants are available to Australian small-to-medium enterprises seeking international accreditations, procuring capital items and more.

Applications for the program can be made at any time through www.business.gov.au/dgc

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