Australian gov't to invest 9.6 mln USD in research on better soldier gear

17:37, June 14, 2011      

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Australian federal government on Tuesday announced to invest 9.6 million U.S. dollars in research on better protection of soldiers, including improved body armour.

According to Defence Minister Stephen Smith and Defence Materiel Minister Jason Clare, along with the federal government's contribution, defence industry and other organizations will provide an additional of about 11.7 million U.S. dollars in funding contributions.

The project aims to improve equipment used by soldiers to protect against a range of existing and evolving threats, including Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

It will develop, test and evaluate prototypes of new equipment in order to; improve ballistic, blast and flash protection; improve head, face and eye protection; decrease weight and bulk of protective systems; reduce blunt trauma that can occur behind armour; reduce the risk of a soldier being detected; and improve protection from fire, chemical, biological and radiological threats.

This research will be led by the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC), which was established in 2008 to improve defence equipment, and supported by research organisations such as the University of Wollongong and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

It will seek to lighten the weight and bulk of protective systems, as well as decrease the risk of a soldier being detected.

"The research team will also work with the Army's specialist team of soldiers who have recently returned from Afghanistan, known as Diggerworks," they said in a statement.

The research team will also work with the Army's specialist team of soldiers who have recently returned from Afghanistan, known as Diggerworks.

This additional investment by the federal government came on top of the 1.7 billion U.S. dollars the Australian government has invested in enhanced force protection measure.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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