Innovation Day showcases technology
Themed ‘enhancing soldier performance’, members of the Army meet with industry representatives to view new and emerging technologies.
The Army’s Head of Modernisation and Strategic Planning, Major General Gus McLachlan, AM, said Innovation Day 2015 explored technologies aimed at enhancing soldier performance.
“The Australian soldier is our Army’s most valuable asset. We continually innovate to provide our people, as individuals or teams, with a competitive, intellectual, physical and technological edge,”
“No two conflicts are the same. Operational environments continually evolve and shift to become increasingly complex and ambiguous,”
“Many of the technologies displayed at Innovation Day 2015 will inform how our Army will prepare our fighting force to meet the challenges of tomorrow.”
The Australian Army Innovation Day is an annual event, which facilitates direct engagement between the Army and industry on leading technologies. The systems and equipment on display contribute to informing Army’s capability initiatives over the short to long term.
Industry presentations included nutrition technologies, load sharing equipment to reduce the weight burden carried by soldiers, physiological state monitoring, and 3D immersive and holographic simulation and land/air integration technology.
Following the industry displays at the inaugural Innovation Day in 2014; the Army procured the Wasp All Environment Small Unmanned Aerial System and the PD-100 Black Hornet Nano Unmanned Aerial System, fielding the equipment in under eight months to be ready for the 2015 major exercise period.
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