CTD Program – Round 15 Recipients

5 projects shared in $13 M in funding through the Defence Capability and Technology Demonstrator Program


Five projects were selected out of 119 submissions received under Round 15 of the Defence Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Program. They included research projects involving helicopters, objects in space, sonar analysis and solar energy had been selected to receive combined funding of $13 million.

Since the program began in 1997, Defence has invested $237 million in 99 projects. Of these, 72 projects have been completed successfully, 11 projects have transitioned either into service or as a contender for a major project, and a further 11 have transitioned into funded CTD Extension or CTD Transition Projects.

These are very good results for high-risk research and development projects that benefit Defence and Australian industry.


Phoenix – Nanoparticle-Hydrophone Development

This proposal has the potential to improve underwater sonar sensing for ships, submarines and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV).

The small pad-like devices could be installed in large numbers on the hulls of vessels, reducing the overall size of the vessel by eliminating the need for bulky sonar structures and taking the place of sonar array cables.

Sonartech Atlas – Active Pulse Analysis System (APAS)

This proposal aims to develop an advanced underwater detection and analysis system as well as innovative displays to enhance a vessel’s sonar sensing capability.

The APAS would allow automatic scans of the large amounts of information collected by a ship’s sonar to detect targets and to assess the type of detection, allowing the operator to decide which signals need further attention.

 Tectonica – Integrated Power System for Dismounted Combat

This technology seeks to reduce the weight of batteries a soldier needs to carry to power equipment such as GPS systems and radios for communication. It also aims to reduce the complexity of the power system.

Foot soldiers are increasingly reliant on electronic devices which require battery power but they increase the weight a soldier has to carry.

The proposal would integrate flexible lightweight power generating solar cells, more efficient power storage technology and power generating electronic textiles, and apply smarter techniques for managing the power requirement.

Nautronix – Pegasus Aircraft Buoyancy System

This proposal will demonstrate a lightweight, detachable emergency floating device for the Australian Army’s fleet of helicopters.

With the introduction of new LHD (Landing Helicopter Dock) ships, Army will operate helicopters from naval platforms. Therefore a capability to enable a helicopter to remain afloat after ditching in the sea is vital for the survival of the crew. The Pegasus concept aims to keep an aircraft up to 10 tonnes in weight afloat. The system will weigh less than 50 kg and provide quick and easy attachment.

It will have the capability to lift the aircraft to the sea’s surface from a depth of up to 10 metres and will operate automatically or under pilot control with no wired connection to the aircraft.

EOS –  Integration of EO/Laser Space Object Tracking Capability

In this concept it is proposed to develop a system that can significantly improve the ability to track objects in space.

It would provide considerable improvements to existing and planned space surveillance systems. Better accuracy and reliability will mean greater protection of operational satellites from colliding in space.

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