Defence Technology Awards

Defence Innovator takes out Advanced Technologies prize

Emerging NSW defence and security contractor DroneShield has beaten some of the nation’s leading companies to be crowned the winner of the Advanced Technologies Award at the 59th Australian Export Awards.

This year, the NSW firm has established itself as a global market leader in counter drone protection – while also expanding into radar, sensor fusion and artificial intelligence.

By harnessing these technologies, the firm is creating advanced defence systems which can identify drones by their make and model, determine if they are armed, and knock them out of the sky if necessary to protect airports, civilian population centres and military facilities.

Despite being founded in 2014, DroneShield already has customers in more than 120 countries, including the Australian Army and the US Department of Homeland Security.

Minister Tehan said that he was in awe of all winners this year, who he believed should all be commended for their ability to adapt and excel during a once-in-a-century global pandemic.

“Every business tonight is an exemplar of the Australian spirit, our dedication and ingenuity. Australians never shy away from adversity and their willingness to carry on is an inspiration to us all,” Mr Tehan said.

“Together, these businesses have contributed more than $6.2 billion in export earnings to the Australian economy and employ more than 17,700 people.”

DroneShield CEO Oleg Vornik said the company was thrilled to be recognised as Australia’s top Advanced Technology exporter.

“We’d like to take this chance to thank the Federal and NSW governments for their continued support which has allowed us to rapidly expand our operations around the globe.”

Mr Vornik says the key to the company’s success is their commitment to public safety and working closely with defence and government partners.

“We’re thrilled to be a growing STEM employer who has some of the nation’s brightest minds on our team working together to keep the public safe.” 

The annual Australian Export Awards are presented by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), in collaboration with the states and territories.

Matthew Giannelis

Secondary editor and executive officer at Tech Business News. Contracting as an IT support engineer for 20 years Matthew has a passion for sharing his knowledge of the technology industry.

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