Radar-equipped unmanned vehicles to protect ground forces

EPE test of unmanned ground vehicle with ground penetrating radar

Brisbane company EPE – Trusted to Protect is working with Army to develop a ground penetrating radar (GPR) capability that can be deployed remotely using TALON, the in-service, medium-sized unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). This is the company’s first technology innovation project awarded under the Defence Innovation Hub, with an investment of $220,000.

Warwick Penrose, Managing Director of EPE, said he was proud to be working closely with Defence to develop this next-generation force protection capability for Australian troops.

“The commitment made by the Defence Innovation Hub to support Australian industry in concept development and prototyping will allow EPE to accelerate the development and delivery of innovative capabilities that meet the specific needs of the ADF,” Mr Penrose said.

He said the technologies developed for the ADF in Australia had equal application with neighbouring countries and traditional coalition partners. This created the potential to generate strong export opportunities, new employment roles and long-term job security.

“We’ve recently recruited an additional graduate engineer to our staff and extended our relationships with local engineering and fabrication companies as part of our commitment to fostering an innovative local supply chain.”

For the GPR for UGV Project, EPE is partnering with Cobham (Australia), supplier of the Amulet Quad Pack GPR and GCI Group, a privately owned, Queensland-based manufacturer of precision components.

“This project is part of our long-term commitment and investment in building and developing sovereign force protection capabilities that help take Australian servicemen out of the danger area,” Mr Penrose said.

“Our team delivers a broad spectrum of innovative force protection capabilities that are in service today with the ADF, NZDF and local and federal police and first responders.”

EPE employs 20 people and is headquartered in Brisbane, with offices in Canberra and New Zealand. Find out more about EPE - Trusted to Protect and the Defence Innovation Hub.

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