BAE Systems Australia joins the Defense Trailblazer Concept program

BAE Systems Australia has announced that it has joined the Defense Trailblazer Concept to Sovereign Capability program led by the University of Adelaide and the University of New South Wales.

The commitment of $50 million in public funds for the Trailblazer program will bring together academia and industry to solve some of Australia’s most significant defense technology challenges and accelerate the development of new products and technologies, putting the focus on autonomous technologies, hypersonics and high frequency technologies.

BAE Systems will contribute to Trailblazer through its national research and development center Red Ocher Labs. Over 500 people work within Red Ocher Labs across Australia and are responsible for the development and delivery of new air, land, space and cyber technologies for the Australian Defense Force.

BAE Systems Australia CEO Ben Hudson said: “Collaboration in these technology areas and significant investment in R&D will have the benefit of accelerating the evolution of existing technologies where Australia leads the world. and the development of new technologies for the Australian Defense Force. . We are delighted to have collaborated with the University of Adelaide and the University of New South Wales on this programme. Much more needs to be done to ensure that some of the most difficult technological challenges are resolved so that we can improve Australia’s defense capabilities. Bringing together the collective capabilities and knowledge of industry, academia and defense not only advances innovation, but also supports the economy, generating new local jobs and potential defense exports.

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