“Muskito is an integrated Counter Improvised Explosive Device (CIED) concept that will use autonomous systems and machine learning to detect threats above the ground and below the surface, and then flag them to an operator via a visual interface,” said Downer Defence Systems’ Executive General Manager, Andrew Foster.
“It is part of the capability requirements for Army’s LAND 154 Phase 4 – the Joint Counter Improvised Explosive Device Capability Project.”
The Defence Innovation Hub contract will see DDS working as the Prime Systems Integrator with Australian industry partners Urban Circus, EPE, and Insitu Pacific to develop a Muskito prototype and then deliver a technology demonstration for Defence.
“We are excited to work with the Commonwealth and our industry partners to develop the Muskito system. IEDs and other related threats have been the scourge of Australian and allied service personnel in their operations overseas in recent decades, and we are grateful to be given an opportunity to play a role in helping to mitigate that threat,” Andrew said.
“This contract underscores the Government’s commitment to working with industry to create genuine and sustainable sovereign industrial capability. The future of the Defence industry is about being self-reliant and creating enduring employment opportunities for Australians.”
Downer has been awarded a $245 million contract by ElectraNet to upgrade the existing electricity transmission network supplying the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia and to upgrade electricity substations.
Keolis Downer commenced the operation and maintenance of Adelaide Metro train services on Sunday, 31 January, with a commitment to deliver world-class services to Adelaide rail passengers.
Downer has been awarded a Field Services contract by Telstra valued at an estimated $330 million over a maximum term of five years.
Downer’s metering services business, Skilltech, has been awarded a new water meter reading contract with SA Water, helping to provide quality water services to more than 1.7 million South Australian customers.