The Australian government has signed a contract worth $46 million with Queensland-based company L3Harris Micreo to develop new bomb disposal robots. According to the Australian Defense Magazine, up to 80 explosive ordnance disposal, robots will be engineered for Australia’s defense personnel. The robots will be equipped with cameras and sensors specially designed to find, examine, and neutralize explosive devices and hazards. The new technology will replace the current in-service robots that were operational during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The deployment of these robots ensures that Australian military personnel are kept safe while disarming bombs.
Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conroy disclosed the details of the new contract on a visit to Cairns, saying that Cairns will play a significant role in future national security as they reshape and modernize the Australian Defence Force to prepare for strategic circumstances they may face. The new robots for the Australian Defence Force will be manufactured in Queensland and will serve as an example of building local industries and the workforce on innovative technologies.
The government plans to strengthen Australia’s northern bases in response to the Defence Strategic Review. To achieve this, it will invest over $3.8 billion over four years in upgrades and development of critical airbases and maritime estate investments, including HMAS Cairns. Queensland Senator, Nita Green expressed her pleasure, saying that Far North Queensland is the gateway to the Pacific, and it is great to see the government committed to the improvement of the country’s defense capabilities. The minister toured Cairns’ shipyards, highlighting the government’s $150 million investment in the Cairns Marine Precinct.
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