Deakin University to develop naval firefighting training system for ADF

The Australian government has contracted Deakin University to further develop a naval firefighting training system.

The value of the contract is $3.71 million (A$5.13 million).

Australian Defense Industry Minister Melissa Price said: “Deakin University’s new system will provide the ADF with a more diverse and realistic range of naval firefighting and training options that could significantly improve learning outcomes and safety.

“This investment highlights the innovative research and development that Australian sovereign industry is capable of producing and exporting.”

This immersive naval firefighting training capability for the Australian Defense Force (ADF) will be designed by integrating augmented reality and virtual reality with artificial intelligence.

The effort will see Deakin researchers working in collaboration with technology companies Kellogg, Brown & Root and Flaim.

Victoria Senator Sarah Henderson said, “Deakin University has executed over 165 contracts with the Australian Department of Defence, highlighting the important role institutions in our region can play in driving innovation and generating tip in support of the ADF.

“This contract follows the signing of the $1 billion agreement between Hanwha Defense Australia and the Morrison Government to produce howitzers for the Australian Army, cementing our region’s position at the forefront of the Australian defense industry for decades to come.”

Australia-based Opstar recently won a contract from the Australian government to continue to provide search and rescue (SAR) services to HMAS Albatross.

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