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Defence Innovation Hub: Special Notice - Small Unmanned Aerial System (SUAS)

Director Innovation Hub Operations

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Department of Defence - DSRG
92111700 - Military science and research
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7-Aug-2017 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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The Defence Innovation Hub (Hub), an initiative of the Australian Government’s Department of Defence (Defence) has been established to support Australian companies, businesses, and academic and research organisations in the collaborative development of innovative solutions with the potential to enhance Australian Defence Force capability. 


A Special Notice allows a Defence Business Unit that has a specific problem or technical challenge to utilise the Defence Innovation Hub as a platform for engaging industry to solve that problem.


A Special Notice aims to:

- provide a vehicle to allow Defence business units to define a problem to the market to be addressed under a tailored approach to market

- allow industry to provide innovative solutions to capability challenges that would otherwise go unnoticed.

- leverage the innovative capacity of a wide spectrum of Australian business to solve the problem rather than only established Defence centric businesses.


The Director Army Aviation has a role to support the Chief of Army in the sustainment of in service helicopters and unmanned aerial systems (UAS). This Special Notice is seeking to identify innovative SUAS concepts that may be explored and potentially developed in collaboration with the Director Army Aviation and Vendor/s, in order to provide improved capability for the Army. 


The immediate opportunity for Industry Vendors is to apply for funded exploration and development of suitable SUAS concepts with Army Aviation. Director Army Aviation is seeking applications from Industry and will select one or more eligible Solutions/Vendors that meet assessment criteria to participate in the exploration and development of solutions to the challenge.


The selected Vendors should be in a position to provide a capability demonstration by December 2018 and provide detailed growth and development plans for their SUAS.


Please note that no procurement documentation is available on AusTender and you cannot submit a proposal using AusTender. You must use the site to view all documentation and submit a proposal. 

Other Instructions:

Respondents will be able to submit a proposal through Defence’s online Innovation portal. The portal, and further information about the Hub's procurement processes, can be accessed at:


This approach to market has been extended until 5:00 pm on 7 August 2017. This is to allow respondents the opportunity to take into consideration additional information that has been published on the Innovation Portal website.


Conditions for Participation:

Respondents must have a valid ABN or NZBN in order to participate in the Hub procurement process.

Timeframe for Delivery:

Approximately between 12 - 18 months

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Director Innovation Hub Operations

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