Australian publicly-listed company focusing on electronic warfare, artificial technology and sensor fusion fields DroneShield has won the defence industry award at the InnovationAus 2021 Awards for Excellence.
The InnovationAus 2021 Awards for Excellence were presented at a gala black-tie dinner held on Wednesday night at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney.
The Defence Industry category was sponsored by Microsoft Australia.
DroneShield took out the award for its Electronic Warfare solutions which are augmented by artificial intelligence to detect signals, objects and vehicles of interest, and to defeat unmanned vehicles across aerial, ground and maritime domains.
The company designs, prototypes and manufactures these technologies, which have been used globally with commercial, government and defence customers, including with the Australian Defence Force and the US Department of Defense.
The other defence industry finalists were NSW battery and electric vehicle systems tech company 3ME technology and venture capital-backed deep tech quantum startup Q-CTRL.
The defence industry award highlighted the most valuable collaborations between research and industry.
“We are delighted to sponsor [the] InnovationAus Defence award category. Microsoft helps defence and intelligence agencies advance their missions to promote stability and security for citizens, nations, and multinational alliances,” Defence & Intelligence Lead at Microsoft Australia Adrian Motherway said.
“We do this by focusing on trust, innovation, security, identity, and compliance, all powered by our extensive global partner ecosystem.”
“We have over 40 years’ experience in serving defence and intelligence agencies, and our industry knowledge is deep, with expertise in defence grade technology solutions.”
The defence sector is now a fundamental pillar of Australian industrial development policy, as evidenced by the Prime Minister adding science and technology to the defence industry portfolio recently.
There has been unprecedented investment in the sector in recent years, leading to opportunities for Australian innovation in high-tech design, advanced manufacturing and capability building.
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