Silentium Defence radar tech brought to market

Wednesday, 13 September, 2017

Silentium Defence radar tech brought to market

Radar technology designed to protect soldiers and manage commercial air traffic will be exported from South Australia.

Start-up Silentium Defence has developed passive radar technology, which uses a silent sensor to locate active and silent objects.

This eliminates the changes to large radio signals being detected by enemy troops.

The technology will be brought to market with the help of $200,000 in state government funding.

“There is a significant export potential for our technology,” said Silentium Defence Chief Executive Dr James Palmer.

“We are aiming to have Silentium Defence products on the global market within the next two years, potentially through a global partner.”

Using radiofrequency energy to map out an environment, the passive radar system also could be used to manage commercial transportation traffic at airfields and seaports.

The South Australian Early Commercialisation Fund grant will help expedite bringing Silentium Defence’s product to the market by enabling the company to start producing prototypes and perform testing with customers.

The $10 million, four-year SA Early Commercialisation Fund provides staged grants of up to $500,000 and is administered by TechInSA, which is funded by the state government to work with the high-tech industry to bring innovative South Australian products and technologies to global markets.

“We know that the defence industry is one of our strengths and we are pleased to be assisting Silentium Defence to bring its game-changing passive radar technology to market, with the potential to help protect our troops serving overseas,” said Manufacturing and Innovation Minister Kyam Maher.

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