Australia’s DST, Sonartech Atlas to work on developing naval capabilities

Australia’s Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group and Sonartech Atlas signed a three-year agreement on August 17 for research and development in naval capabilities for Australian ships and submarines.

The research will focus on short time signal analysis, on-board signature management systems and multi-sensor detection, tracking and data fusion.

Australian defense industry minister Christopher Pyne welcomed this new partnership with Sonartech Atlas, signed in Adelaide as part of DST Group’s annual Partnerships Week.

“This agreement will accelerate the transfer and commercialisation of these innovative technologies and contribute to building an Indigenous Defence industry that can meet the unique capability needs of the ADF,” minister Pyne said.

Sonartech Atlas is an Australian based systems engineering company specialising in the design and development of sonar systems for naval and civilian applications.

Partnerships Week is an annual external engagement event open to invited representatives from industry, academia, research agencies, Defence and stakeholders from the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics community.

DST Group also leads the $730 million Next Generation Technologies Fund which complements the Defence Innovation Hub launched last year, as the core of the new Defence Innovation System outlined in the Defence Industry Policy Statement.