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University’s Defence Network showcases research and capabilities at global trade fair

The University of Tasmania recently joined defence, security industries and government agencies from across the globe for the biennial Eurosatory trade fair.

Held in Paris, Eurosatory is one of the largest international defence and security exhibitions in Europe.

The University’s Defence Network team joined Team Defence Australia, and more than 30 industry groups, to showcase some of the country’s preeminent defence and security offerings.

With a focus on land and air platforms, Eurosatory provided a venue for the Defence Network team to talk about University’s world-leading expertise in hydrodynamics and its contribution to international naval design and engineering and human factors research.

The University’s important capabilities in radio astronomy and space geodesy which contribute to surveillance, aerospace, space, and global observation facilities were also showcased, along with new technologies for food innovation and nutrition optimisation in a combat context, which attracted the attention of various exhibitors.

“After a week with a wide range of defence, security industry and government agencies from across the world, it is clear that Tasmania and the University have much they can contribute to defence innovation and sustainment,” Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Brigid Heywood said.

“Our ability to present more clearly the University’s value proposition through the launch of the Defence Network has proved valuable in determining new linkages with Australian, UK, European and American industries.”

The Defence Network team started the European trip with a visit to the Thales Glasgow site (UK), where they were provided with an update on work designed to improve the stealth technology of submarine periscopes and optronic masts.

The University of Tasmania is collaborating with AMOG, an engineering consultancy, to support these developments.

The significance of new data visualisation tools for modern ship building, and the use of integrated systems engineering approaches, were clearly illustrated in a related visit to BAE Systems (Glasgow, UK), another major global defence-facing corporate.

The University, through its specialist naval and maritime institute - the Australian Maritime College (AMC), is involved with developing simulation and visualisation technologies to enable modern maritime functions.

The University is also recognised as a valued training centre for systems integration and risk informed process design, as well as having a proven track-record for training naval personnel.

Image caption: Federal Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne with University of Tasmania Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Brigid Heywood and University of Tasmania senior executive officer Nikki Hodgman.

Published on: 27 Jun 2018 1:06pm