NSW RESEARCH CENTRES, universities and companies are expected to play a significant role in the development of next generation defence technologies as part of a new Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Trusted Autonomous Systems.
NSW Defence Advocate, retired Air Marshal John Harvey, said the new CRC would tap into NSW expertise as part of national efforts to develop technologies to better equip and protect our defence forces, as well as open up new opportunities for industry.
The Federal Government will be investing about $50 million in the CRC for Trusted Autonomous Systems from its Next Generation Technologies Fund over the next seven years to support autonomous systems projects.
“This is the first CRC in the Commonwealth’s program with a specific defence industry focus,” Air Marshal Harvey said.
“The University of NSW, University of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney are all contributing to the CRC’s operations, and one of Australia’s leading robotics experts, Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte from the University of Sydney, was on the expert panel that helped create the new CRC,” he said.
Air Marshal Harvey said a number of NSW defence technology companies will be supporting partners in the CRC contributing their industry expertise in trusted autonomous systems.
“These include Ocius Technology which has developed an unmanned marine vessel dubbed the ‘Bluebottle’ that is powered by solar, wind and wave energy, and that can be deployed at sea over months for wide area surveillance.
“Marrickville company Marathon Targets is also involved in the CRC. Marathon develops robotic targets for military marksmanship practice and has sold its technology to allied forces worldwide, including the United States Marine Corps.”
The NSW Government recently contributed $1.25 million to help establish a Defence Innovation Network to boost collaboration between universities and the defence industry. “Our Defence and Industry Strategy – NSW: Strong, Smart and Connected – has a strong emphasis on supporting defence scientific research and collaborating with other states, and the new CRC is a great opportunity to do both,” Air Marshal Harvey said.
AS A SINGLE, working mother with two young daughters in Russia, Elena Gosse could hardly have imagined she would become a trail-blazing entrepreneur and CEO of one of Australia’s most innovative manufacturers, Australian Innovative Systems.
In fact, to support her daughters, one with a disability, Ms Gosse made her name in the entertainment industry in Russia and has overcome many battles on her journey to lead the multi-award-winning Queensland manufacturing business.
Australian Innovative systems (AIS) celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018 and today the company exports its unique electrolysis water treatment systems to 55 countries.
Elena Gosse and her Russian-speaking Australian husband, Kerry, first met in Russia in 1992 and married two years later. Ms Gosse and her daughters moved to Australia in 1994, settling in Brisbane.
After studying English and completing further Australian education including a second university degree, Elena Gosse started with AIS in 1994, initially working with her husband as company director and secretary. Since rising through the ranks to the position of CEO, she has become instrumental in the company’s spectacular growth, while Kerry Gosse remains at AIS as a company director.
AIS technology has become trusted by leading aquatic centres, swim schools, competition swimming pools, resorts, hotels, water parks and family swimming pools all over the world and the business is recognised as a leader in the design, production and supply of commercial and residential chlorine generators and water disinfection technology.
“Our unwavering commitment to research and development, along with excellence in manufacturing, has delivered a long list of proud achievements for our company,” Ms Gosse said.
“They include designing and manufacturing world-first technology, winning hundreds of international and national awards, and hosting visits from VIP clients, Prime Ministers and politicians.”
Drawing on her professional skills and extensive business network, Ms Gosse is also passionate about supporting and mentoring other women to help them achieve their full potential.
“My experience as a Russian immigrant has helped me to refine my business and personal vision,” she said.
“It has also inspired me to assist other immigrants by encouraging and embracing cultural diversity in the AIS workplace and supporting the local community.”
Ms Gosse is in high demand as a guest speaker at business events and indulges in her lifelong love for acting, singing and dancing.
“Having undergone a dramatic career transformation since moving to Australia, I love sharing my professional and personal experiences with people, particularly other women,” Ms Gosse said.
LOCAL seat belt manufacturer APV Safety Products has won an initial contract to supply1000 seat belt harnesses to ArmorWorks Enterprises, Inc. – destined for the US Marine Corps.
APV’s access to North American defence supply chains has been facilitated by participation in the Federal Government’s Centre for Defence Industry Capability managed Global Supply Chain (GSC) program.
“APV’s Australian-designed and manufactured harnesses integrate into blast-absorbing seating to offer the highest levels of survivability and safety,” Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said.
“This success is yet another win for Australia’s defence industry, and demonstrates the innovation and global competitiveness of our small to medium enterprises.
“APV formerly supplied the Australian car industry, and so this is a great example of an automotive business diversifying into other industries and it is exciting to see an Australia company playing a key role in keeping Australian and US troops safe in front line combat vehicles.”
Mr Pyne said the GSC has provided opportunities for Australian SMEs to compete for work in the supply chains of international defence prime contractors – and close to $1 billion in work has been awarded to mostly SMEs so far.