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The Australian Department of Defence is hosting the US Department of Defense’s Comparative Technology Office (CTO) at the Land Forces 2018industry exposition in Adelaide on 4–6 September, and in Sydney on 7 September.

The CTO will meet with Australian defence industry to assess capabilities for consideration in their Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) program.

This program seeks out world-leading technologies that will enhance military capabilities and provide long-term value to the Australia–US alliance.


If your company has capabilities in the CTO’s focus areas you are encouraged to complete the FCT Product Template for consideration by CTO representatives.

Submissions should be sent to by Friday 24 August 2018.

Note that quad charts will not be accepted. 

The CTO will consider both mature fielded technology (TRL 8-9) and technology ready for testing in an operational environment (TRL 6-7).

The CTO is focusing on capabilities in the following areas: 

  • Asymmetric force application. Asymmetric force application is the use of non-traditional technologies, tactics, and weapons to provide a clear military advantage to military forces during manoeuvre and engagement operations.
  • Electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) agility. The increasingly wireless nature of the global economy, coupled with advances in analogue-to-digital conversion, cognitive radios, smart antennas, and increased transmitter-receiver diversity, present opportunities to develop new capabilities that sustain and extend military advantage in the EMS domain. These new capabilities will also mitigate the impact of new challenges, including an increasingly cluttered operational EMS environment.
  • Autonomous systems. Autonomous systems are capabilities that enable a particular action of a system to be automatic or, within programmed boundaries, ‘self-governing’.  Autonomous systems can improve capability without increasing capacity by better coordinating and synchronising current sensors and weapon systems and by maximizing the efficiency of both.
  • Information operations and analytics. This focuses on exploiting commercial technology advancements in information collection and management to provide the Joint Force with enhanced communications and situational awareness within their area of responsibility, to disrupt and delay adversary forces from offensive operations and counter their ability to use deceptive messaging to influence operations, and to develop capabilities to counter adversary cyber and C2 communications. 

Due to time restrictions, CTO representatives will not be able to conduct one-on-one meetings with all applicants.