New Australian partnership protecting public and private organisations against airborne threats to safety, security and privacy.DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) (“DroneShield”), a global leader in drone detection and mitigation and EPE Trusted to Protect, Top 20 SME supplier to the Australian Defence Force, announce a Partnership.
The emergence of small, lightweight, low cost drones offer many hobbyist and commercial applications, while enabling criminals, activists and others a new way to remotely deploy threats. Drones present one of the most challenging and dynamic emerging threats to defence forces on operations, to law enforcement, and to major events and critical infrastructure domestically. They can deliver contraband into prisons, carry out surveillance of military bases and assets, create major disturbances at high profile events, and deliver IEDs in combat zones.
DroneShield develops drone security solutions that protect people, organisations and critical infrastructure from unwanted intrusion by drones. Its leadership brings world-class expertise in engineering and physics, combined with deep experience in defence, intelligence, and aerospace. Oleg Vornik, DroneShield’s Chief Executive Officer said ‘EPE and DroneShield are both Australian owned companies with clear synergies. EPE has a solid record of delivering solutions to protect military, law enforcement and first responders in Australia and New Zealand for 30 years, providing world class equipment, training and integrated logistic support for the life of that equipment.’
Director of EPE, Warwick Penrose said ‘DroneShield has developed a complete suite of technologies that enable organisations to detect, identify, monitor, or mitigate drones flying in controlled airspace (within legislative requirements). EPE has counter drone technology already operating at a number of Australian sites, and the DroneShield offering gives an increased flexibility to provide discrete levels of protection dictated by our customers’ needs and budgets.
EPE’s strength is built on providing integrated solutions fully customised to meet our customers’ unique requirements whilst maintaining integrity in terms of quality, training and through life support. DroneShield is the only counter-drone company that has been accepted for membership of the Airports Council International (ACI) Europe. ACI Europe represents more than 500 airports in 45 European countries, including virtually every major European airport.
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has signed an Equipment Master Services Agreement (MSA) with EPE for HDT. The NZDF’s current HDT shelter systems include Network Enabled Army, C4ISR Common Command Post Operating Environment (CCPOE), Role Two Enhanced (R2E) Medical Infrastructure and in the pipeline is a Deployable Joint Inter-Agency Task Force (DJIATF) Headquarters. The intent of the contract is to deliver optimal levels of Through-life Support and operational availability, without adding complexity or cost to existing lines of support. The agreement is for all equipment, spares, in-service support, and purchasing of new systems across the NZDF Services.
EPE Managing Director, Warwick Penrose said “The Agreement enables the NZDF to optimise operational availability and save time and resources in the purchase of HDT systems, as they can buy them under the Agreement efficiently and cost-effectively. This is a logical step as EPE’s support to New Zealand has been steadily growing over the last 10 years with EPE delivering equipment, training and Through Life Support across the CBRNE and ECM capability area, and we are the Exclusive Representative of HDT Global in Australia and New Zealand. The contract has been negotiated by, and will be managed by EPE’s New Zealand team.’’
EPE has two further MSA contracts with the NZDF supporting EPE provided EOD and IEDD equipment as well as providing support to other government agencies.
MESMER™ Counter UAS capability selected as finalist in ThunderDrone II. Following successful trials at both Phase 1 and 2, MESMER™ has been selected to participate in the final round Phase 3 which will be held at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, from the 18th-20th of June. EPE is partnered with Department 13 to distribute, integrate, install, train and support MESMER™ in Australia and New Zealand and is in planning stage for advanced assembly of MESMER™ from our base in Queensland.
The ThunderDrone trials were initiated by SOFWERX upon the request of the United States Special Operations Command (“USSOCOM”) and Strategic Capabilities Office to assess the Unmanned Aerial Systems industry and leading technology within this field.
ThunderDrone II saw more than 450 Unmanned Aerial Systems technologies submitted, with 95 Companies invited to move forward and present in Tampa in January 2018. MESMER™ was a top performer at this event and was one of 34 companies invited to the ThunderDrone II demonstrations, held at Fort Bragg in April 2018. D13 is one of the final 6 companies selected for the final phase of the event.
D13’s progression in ThunderDrone II is evidence of MESMER™s superior capabilities in Drone detection, identification and mitigation. Department 13 CEO, Jonathan Hunter, commented: “We are very excited to be selected as a finalist of ThunderDrone II to demonstrate MESMER™s superior capabilities and to network with Government and military officials. The D13 team have received overwhelming positive feedback from event organizers, USSOCOM representatives and +280 Government official attendees of both events. Trials and Demonstrations represent a key component of D13’s sales and marketing strategy, as these demonstration events of emerging technologies are the predominant method of assessment prior to procurement for Government agencies. MESMER™s progress to the final stage of ThunderDrone II has already delivered multiple sales leads and the D13 team continues to work to convert these opportunities to unit sales.”
Defence Innovation Hub Proof of Concept delivered by EPE
EPE has completed the first phase of the innovation project awarded under the Defence Innovation Hub. EPE worked with Defence to integrate a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) capability (Amulet) that can be deployed remotely using TALON, the current in-service medium sized Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) and demonstrated a Proof of Concept (POC) to prove the integration could work.
As separate entities, the Amulet and the Talon are proven and known capabilities, the POC was therefore designed specifically around proving they could be integrated to achieve a remote standoff detection capability. The POC was highly successful and the logical progression is to now produce a prototype of this capability.
Warwick Penrose, Managing Director of EPE said “The GPR for UGV project recognises EPE’s long term commitment and investment in building and developing sovereign Force Protection capabilities that help take Australian servicemen out of the danger area. 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. In addition, the technologies developed for the ADF right here in Australia, have equal application with neighbouring countries as well as traditional coalition partners. This creates the potential to generate strong export opportunities, expand our ability to create new employment roles and offer long term job security.”
EPE awarded $1 million Contract under the Defence Innovation Hub fund.
The Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne has announced the second contract awarded to Zangold Pty Ltd (trading as EPE.Trusted to Protect) under the Defence Innovation Hub fund. This project funded to the value of $1 million involves EPE working with Navy to develop a portable capability to assist with the stand-off detection and identification of homemade explosives, chemical warfare agents, narcotics and gases during the conduct of Maritime Operations. Warwick Penrose, Director of EPE said ‘We’re proud to be working closely with Defence to develop this next generation force protection capability for those members of the Royal Australian Navy performing hazardous boarding operations. This innovation has the potential to deliver a new paradigm in boarding operations enabling stand-off detection prior to boarding.’
“The PRIED project recognises EPE’s long term commitment and investment in building and developing sovereign force protection capabilities that help take Australian servicemen out of the danger zone. Our team delivers a broad spectrum of innovative Force Protection capabilities that are in service today with the ADF, NZDF as well as local and federal police and first responders” Warwick said.
This Innovation Hub Project funded by the Federal government gives EPE the opportunity to further develop this technology which has been deployed for force protection on land operations and modify it to meet the unique requirements for a maritime application.
“For this Project, we are partnering with ALAKAI Defense Systems, the manufacturer of PRIED and EPE has also extended our relationships with local engineering and fabrication companies as part of our commitment to fostering an innovative local supply chain. EPE is working with Australian based manufacturers to provide a holistic Maritime capability.” Warwick Penrose said.
EPE employs 20 people, and is headquartered in Brisbane with offices in Canberra, Albury/Wodonga and NZ.
EPE ranks 10th in Top 20 Australian SME suppliers to Defence Australian Defence Magazine (ADM) has released their rankings of the Top Contractors to the Australian Defence Force. The ADM ranking lists the top Contractors to the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces. In the Top 20 SME ranking for 2017, EPE is 17th among SMEs (Small to Medium Enterprises). In the Top 20 ANZ SME ranking (which includes only Australian and New Zealand owned suppliers) EPE is ranked 10th. Our consistently rising position in this ranking since 2011, demonstrates EPE’s solid commitment to providing solutions to the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces that protect our soldiers. As an Australian owned and managed small business, our strength has always been our positioning to deliver world-leading solutions, supported by performance based contracting ILS and specialist training, while maintaining our unique ability to be agile and responsive to our customers requirements.
We thank ADM for their support of Australian businesses in the Defence sector.
Drone collides with commercial aeroplane in Canada.
A drone has collided with a commercial aircraft in Canada, the first such incident in the country, according to the Transport Ministry. As reported by BBC News, the drone struck one of the plane’s wings, while six passengers and two crew members were aboard.
The aircraft sustained only minor damage and was able to land safely, the Canadian transport minister said.
Earlier this year, Canada announced that it was making it illegal to fly recreational drones near airports.
The law prohibited airborne drones within 5.5km (3.5 miles) of an airport and restricted the height of a drone’s flight to 90 metres (300ft).
Those breaking the restrictions could face fines of up to 25,000 Canadian dollars ($20,000, £15,000).
The Skyjet flight was heading to Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport when the drone hit it on 12 October.
In a statement, transport minister Marc Garneau said: “Although the vast majority of drone operators fly responsibly, it was our concern for incidents like this that prompted me to take action and issue interim safety measures restricting where recreational drones could be flown.
“I would like to remind drone operators that endangering the safety of an aircraft is extremely dangerous and a serious offence.”
According to a UK Airprox Board report, a drone passed directly over the wing of an aircraft approaching Gatwick Airport this summer.
The drone was “flown into conflict” with the Airbus 319, with a high risk of collision, read the report.
EPE Director Warwick Penrose spoke at World of Drones Congress in Brisbane sponsored by the Queensland Government. The Congress focused on How Drones are Changing the World – emerging technologies, service delivery, humanitarian response, smart communitites and farms. While the prime emphasis was on the new drone economy , the role of drones in Smart Cities, and Emergency and Humanitarian Response, Warwick spoke under the Stream: Risk, Regulation, Safety and Resilience, on the emerging threat posed by drones in urban environments. Threats range from the careless drone enthusiast, to criminals intent on evading law enforcement, to malicious use by terrorists. This creates risk to public safety at major events, risk to critical infrastructure, unwanted surveillance of government assets and facilities, airborne delivery of contraband into prisons, and airborne delivery of IEDs and chemical and biological warfare agents.
Warwick discussed th Department 13 Counter Drone platform, Mesmer. Mesmer utilises sophisticated detection and mitigation strategies that automatically detect, identify, mitigate redirect, land or take total control of a target drone or other radio-controlled device. Mesmer RF protocol manipulation takes advantage of weaknesses inherent in digital radio protocols. Mesmer is designed for both commercial and defense/ security organisations to deal with the emerging threat of autonomous systems.
Mesmer recognises unique radio signal features and other communication metadata to select and apply strategies that curtail drone threats, unlike other systems that use radio jamming and standard electronic mitigation techniques. Mesmer’s protocol manipulation is low-power, operating below 1 watt and within regulatory constraints. Low power is an advantage as it only affects targeted radio-controlled devices – not non-targeted communication signals in the vicinity.
Warwick also sat on the Safety Discussion Panel at the Congress lead by James Coyne from UAS International, and joined by Jackie Dujmovic from Hover UAV, Professor Tristan Perez from QUT, and Brooke Tapsall from Airport UAV.
New Qld Police EORT Bombcat is super cool. Great job Peter Henderson and the EORT team.
Minister for Police Mark Ryan and Commissioner Ian Stewart today announced the arrival of a new armoured vehicle for the Queensland Police Service Explosive Ordnance Response Team (EORT).
Commissioner Stewart said the vehicle will ensure police right across Queensland, including specialist units, have the resources they need to keep Queenslanders safe.
“The Bombcat has been designed specifically to support EORT operational requirements but is also able to fully support interoperability with both Negotiator and Special Emergency Response Team requirements, during high risk incidents,” Commissioner Stewart said.
“These operations can include tasks where explosive devices, as well as firearms are present.
“At seven metres long, two and a half metres wide and three metres high, this machine means serious business.”
Minister Ryan said the vehicle will help to keep not only Queensland communities safe, but to also ensure the safety of frontline men and women.
“This $600,000 investment means that Queensland now has an armoured vehicle that uses advanced ballistic and blast protection and allows the safe deployment of specialist staff at high risk jobs including tasks where explosive devices, as well as firearms are present,” Minister Ryan said.
“The Queensland Police currently have two armoured vehicles, known as Bearcats, however our new Bombcat is like the big brother to our existing Bearcats – it’s bigger, stronger and will offer our police an extra level of protection.
“The Bombcat was purpose built to meet the needs of the Queensland Police Service and uses leading edge technology to protect officers and the community from explosives threats.”
from QPS Media on Mar 22, 2017 @ 2:54pm
While the BOMBCAT is road ready, the bullet resistant vehicle is unlikely to be seen on your street any time soon.
In Queensland, the Special Emergency and Response Team (SERT) will only be deployed to pre-planned operations that are high-risk situations deemed by a deputy commissioner or delegate.
The smaller model, the BEARCAT armoured personnel carrier, was however used last year to batter down a gate on a property with an ongoing siege, where a gunman held hostages for nine hours.
A similar situation occurred in Tasmania when a BEARCAT was used by special operations police to breach the perimeter fence of a Bandidos clubhouse.
EPE Managing Director, Warwick Penrose is speaking at the World of Drones Congress 2017 to be held in Brisbane from 31st August to 2nd September.
Warwick will present re Countering the Threat of Drones in Urban Environments.
The global proliferation of Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS), especially low cost Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) RPAS has presented a new threat dimension for a range of differing organisations with a safety oriented framework and focus. Whether being used by hobbyists, enthusiasts, or indeed for malicious purposes, RPAS present a dynamic risk requiring an agile and adaptable response capability. RPAS pose many threats including to critical infrastructure, high profile public events, security in the corrective services system, and through illegal surveillance of police tactical operations. Typical methods used to counter the threats posed by drones include approaches such as electronic warfare jamming and kinetic weapons.
Department 13’s (D13) Mesmer, an open architecture software platform that uses machine learning and protocol manipulation to detect, identify, track, and mitigate a variety of autonomous systems including many commercial, off the shelf drone platforms counters this threat. Mesmer’s approach is unique, employing protocol manipulation to deliver extremely targeted mitigations requiring minimal power; often less than a single Watt at one Kilometre range. Mesmer’s mitigation approach enhances security posture with respect to drones by enabling a series of controlled outcomes. For example Mesmer enables the following:
Take control of one or many drones. (Land, Stop/Hold, Go-Home)
Redirection to designated LZ.
Interrogates sensors on the drones.
Mesmer’s primary sensor array is based on software defined radios (SDR’s) as both primary sensor and effector apparatus. All Mesmer systems contain an embedded SDR configuration, although, because of Mesmer’s Linux based open architecture, it can integrate with other sensor platforms such as radar, acoustical or optical.
Protecting First Responders Against the Threat of Fentanyl
EDGEWOOD, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Smiths Detection Inc. (SDI) is at the forefront of arming first responders with solutions to safeguard against the presence of fentanyl. Working directly with international law enforcement and hazmat agencies, SDI has adapted a range of existing technologies to be able to quickly and accurately detect fentanyl and its analogues on scene.
“The new fentanyl threat to first responders is real and severe since accidental contact with- or inhalation-of very small amounts can be life threatening. The right technology can help first responders make better informed decisions about how best to protect themselves from fentanyl and its analogues during emergencies.”
Fentanyl, if inhaled, may lead to respiratory arrest, is 50 times more lethal than heroin and 100 times more lethal than morphine. It is prompting fears of a public health crisis and a threat to the safety of first responders who may not be aware of its presence during a response.
SDI has adapted three of its leading technologies to detect and identify fentanyl, including:
IONSCAN 600 – used in airports, corrections facilities and security checkpoints across the world, this portable system detects invisible amounts of narcotics like fentanyl, and explosives, in seconds.
HazMatID Elite/Target ID – an infrared handheld chemical identifier performs chemical analysis on bulk amounts of solids and liquids, which may be used as court-admissible evidence.
ACE-ID – utilizes laser Raman technology which allows users to test bulk quantities of unknown substances without contact, including through plastic and glass.
The technologies were designed to complement each other in response scenarios but can work independently. SDI also enhanced its ReachBackID 24/7 hotline to give first responders using these technologies access to Ph.D. scientists to support the field-based analysis of fentanyl and several of its analogues.
Shan Hood, Vice President of Product & Technology for Smiths Detection, said: “The new fentanyl threat to first responders is real and severe since accidental contact with- or inhalation-of very small amounts can be life threatening. The right technology can help first responders make better informed decisions about how best to protect themselves from fentanyl and its analogues during emergencies.”
Smiths Detection, part of Smiths Group, is a global leader in threat detection and screening technologies for military, air transportation, homeland security and emergency response markets. Our experience and history across more than 40 years at the frontline, enables us to provide unrivalled levels of expertise to detect and identify constantly changing chemical, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats, as well as weapons, dangerous goods, contraband and narcotics.
Our goal is simple – to provide security, peace of mind and freedom of movement upon which the world depends. For more information visit www.smithsdetection.com
August 03, 2017 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time Smiths Detection Inc.
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Drone enthusiast ‘amazed’ as he lands device on deck of £3bn HMS Queen Elizabeth without being detected
It is a £3bn state-of-the-art investment, commissioned to reassert Britain’s supremacy on the high seas.
But this week the Royal Navy was left blushing after it emerged that an amateur enthusiast managed to land a £300 drone on the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth – without anyone raising the alarm.
According to local media reports in Scotland, the drone user managed to fly the drone past armed patrol boats before landing on the deck of the aircraft carrier.
The pilot, who is yet to be named, told reporters this week that he had been “amazed” how easy it had been to carry out the stunt.
“I was amazed that I was able to land on the aircraft carrier for two reasons, the first being that there was no one about to prevent it from landing although were security police around in small boats who were waving at the drone,” he said.
“The second reason was more technical. I received a high wind warning as I was videoing up and down the flight deck and my control system advised me to land.”
He added that when attempted to discuss his concerns about security with crew members, he returned to find a “ghost ship”.
“There was absolutely no-one around when I landed, it was like a ghost ship,” he continued.
“After I posted the picture taken from the flight deck I got some flak from other drone users who were saying ‘You are going to make a lot of people unhappy’. I thought the only law I had broken was that I flew over a vessel I didn’t have control over.
“I was a bit concerned so I drove round to Invergordon and spoke to the port security and explained that I wanted to speak to someone from the ship such as the duty watch or the captain about what I had done.
“I was only able to speak to some heavily armed police, I think from the MoD, and they said there was no-one available on the carrier as they were at dinner ashore.”
“No-one seemed too concerned, but the officer I spoke to said he would pass it up the chain of command. I was fascinated by the Queen Elizabeth and wanted to have a crack at filming her. I wasn’t out to get anyone in trouble. What’s done is done, and I can’t undo the images I shot.
“I think if the MoD were in any way bothered by this then these videos and stills would not have been allowed to see the light of day.”
Whilst the anonymous drone pilot appeared relaxed about his exploits, the disclosure has prompted concern among military and security experts.
Speaking to The Daily Mail, Lord West, a former First Sea Lord, said it was worrying because terrorist groups such as Islamic State had already used drones in the Middle East to launch bombs.
He said: “Daesh [Islamic State] are already using drones to deliver bombs in Syria, so I think it is something we need to take very seriously.
“The fact drones can reach it is a worry. The Queen Elizabeth is doing some work with helicopters and if a drone hits a helicopter that could be very dangerous.
“We need to have harsher punishments if you fly a drone into a carrier’s air space. There’s a real risk from drones and [it’s] something we need to take very seriously.”
Commenting, an MoD spokesperson said: “We take the security of HMS Queen Elizabeth very seriously. This incident has been reported to Police Scotland, an investigation is underway and we stepped up our security measures in light of it.”
EPE and Department 13 demonstrated Mesmer™ counter-drone solution to potential defence, security and law enforcement customers from a range of federal and state government agencies. The demonstrations held at ADFA as part of the Counter Non Traditional Threats Conference hosted by the UNSW Capability Systems Centre, were attended by over 200 people.
The Mesmer Counter Drone Demonstration showcased a non-kinetic mitigation of Unmanned Aerial Systems. MESMER™ can detect, identify and mitigate either hostile or nuisance drones across a range of national security, defence or commercial applications. The solution utilises patented protocol manipulation technology to take over the drone when it flies into a defined air space. Once the operator has control of the drone the threat can be mitigated in a way that is not dangerous to personnel or infrastructure in the area
Mesmer is one of the only C-UAS technologies that focuses on protocol manipulation to mitigate the threat. Department 13 CEO Jonathan Hunter said the technique uses signal features and metadata to select and apply strategies including “taking control” of the UAS, flying it, and landing it safely in a location of choice.
Brisbane based Counter IED experts deliver specialist bomb search training to PNG in preparation for 2018 APEC.
A team of instructors from Brisbane firm EPE, has delivered a series of specialist bomb search training courses to members of various agencies in the Papua New Guinea capital Port Moresby. The progressive training took twenty students through Basic Search, Search Team Leader and Search Commander training over a three week period. The training has produced a core group of trained personnel from the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF), the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) and the Correction Service who are now able to plan and manage complex search operations to support high profile events such as the upcoming APEC conference to be held in 2018 and the FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup that begins on the 4th of November.
With support from the Australian Federal Police, the EPE team was able to gain access to a number of hotels, sports stadiums and other venues in the Port Moresby area to enable realistic search operations to take place. The training was funded by the Australian Government as part of their ongoing support and capacity building to Papua New Guinea.
EPE and Department 13 this week demonstrated the MesmerTM counter-drone solution to potential defence, security and law enforcement customers from a range of federal and state government agencies in Queensland. The demonstration was held at Metricon Stadium, the flagship venue for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The MesmerTM demonstration showcased a non-kinetic mitigation of Unmanned Aerial Systems.
MESMER™ can detect, identify and mitigate either hostile or nuisance drones across a range of national security, defence or commercial applications. The solution utilises patented protocol manipulation technology to take over the drone when it flies into a defined air space. Once the operator has control of the drone the threat can be mitigated in a way that is not dangerous to personnel or infrastructure in the area.
Counter-NTT is an inaugural conference targeted at those who have an interest in countering the non-traditional and improvised threats from chemicals, biological hazards, radiation, nuclear, explosives, toxic industrial chemicals and materials, other hazardous materials, and pandemics. The conference is focused at decision makers, operational staff and practitioners alike from Defence, government, academia, defence industry, other government agencies, emergency services and health organisations.
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 at 8:30 AM until Fri, 11 Nov 2016 at 5:00 PM
Location: Adams Auditorium Contact: Wayne Hargreaves Email:
The keynote presentations for Counter-NTT include:
Brigadier John Shanahan, Joint Counter Improvised Threat Task Force
JB Burton, Leidos and former Commanding General, Headquarters 20th CBRNE Command (TBC)
Colonel Jean Marie Gontier, Paris Fire Brigade
Dr Mike Logan, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
The presentations for Counter-NTT include:
Chemical and Biological Weapons and efforts to prohibit them, Bob Mathews
The Protection against Chemical and Biological Weapons, Rebecca McCallum
Recent Developments in Medical Countermeasures,Mick Alderton
The Chemical Warfare Agent Laboratory Network, Harry Rose
The Australian Biological Laboratory Network, Matthias Dorsch
The Analysis of Toxins, Craig Brinkworth
Metabolism of Carfentanil, an Ultra-Potent Opioid, in Human Liver Microsomes and Human Hepatocytes by High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry, Michael G. Feasel
Increasing the speed, sensitivity and portability of biological agent identification for biosecurity applications using protein-profiling and molecular methods, Dr Michelle Gahan
Counter Improvised Threats Research – Impact Dynamics, Professor Paul Hazell
Civilian Tactical Medicine – Are we Missing the Big Picture?, Mel Brown
Countering the UAS Threat on the Asymmetric Battlefield, Robi Sen
True Standoff Detection of Explosives, Chemical Weapons Agents, and Narcotics, Warwick Penrose on behalf of COL (R) Roy C. Waggoner
Joint Forensics and Exploitation Enterprise, Dr Lauren Wilson
Occupational and Environmental Health Research, Dr Sharyn Gaskin
Tri-Lateral agreement promises life-saving technology can be upgraded quickly in Australia to counter the growing use of RCIEDs in Terrorist Incidents, whilst securing high-tech defence jobs in Queensland.
EPE, Allen-Vanguard and Surface Technology International enter into an agreement, in principle, to establish Depot Level Repair, Spiral Upgrade and Advanced Manufacturing capabilities at EPE’s Brisbane Facilities to support current and next Generation Force Protection Electronic Counter Measures (FPECM) Systems in Australia..
EPE (Brisbane, Australia) is pleased to announce that we are in the final stages of negotiation with Allen Vanguard (“AV”, Ottawa, Canada), the manufacturer of market-leading FPECM systems and Surface Technologies International (“STI”, Hook, UK) a leading Contract Manufacturer of advanced electronic systems that will lead to the establishment of a full manufacturing, upgrade, and repair capability at our Brisbane facility. This engagement will provide a full repair and overhaul facility as well as future engineering support to the Commonwealth of Australia.
AV has fielded over 16,000 FPECM systems worldwide and currently provides FPECM capability both to the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies. STI operates as the international Manufacturing Partner to AV and has manufactured over 6,500 FPECM systems on their behalf at their Nadcap-accredited facility in Hook, UK. This new agreement will support EPE in delivering an indigenous capability for depot level repairs and spiral upgrades to AV’s existing FPECM Fleet in use by Commonwealth and State Agencies from EPE’s Brisbane-based Maintenance Facility. This support package will reduce the cost, time and logistics burdens for these activities whilst securing high-tech defence jobs in the Greater Brisbane area.
STI will conduct a technology transfer and will invest in training new recruits by providing highly trained personnel to augment EPE’s core of deployable Field Service Representatives (FSRs) while also providing Quality Assurance support. This agreement will provide significant Through-Life Support cost savings to current clients, and ensures that this life saving FPECM technology can be upgraded quickly in Australia to counter the growing use of Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Devices (RCIED) in Terrorist Incidents.
EPE and STI will further leverage this capability to assist with the development and commercialisation of other emerging technologies that can be utilised to defeat the threat of terrorist or criminal use of explosives and CBRN materials.
Warwick Penrose, Managing Director of EPE commented: “This agreement will provide the foundation with which Australian Industry can build a long term platform to ensure a fully sovereign FPECM capability for the Australian and New Zealand governments. With the ability to conduct depot level repairs and to provide spiral upgrades into existing FPECM fleets we can ensure that our clients can keep up with the rapidly evolving and expanding use of RCIEDs as terrorist weapons. We are very pleased to have two world leading technology partners supporting us in this goal and are genuinely excited to be able to leverage this capability into the development and commercialisation of other technologies that we feel can make a genuine and enduring difference to defeating terrorist threats.”
Simon Best, Managing Director of STI commented: “We are delighted to be a party to this agreement so we can help to expand the coverage of the lifesaving AV FPECM product range and assist in developing sovereign capabilities for the Australian market. We are confident that alongside our partners we will be able to deliver and sustain future ground breaking technologies that will make a difference in protecting lives and defeating the terrorist threat.”
Mike Dithurbide, President of Allen-Vanguard commented: “This highlights the importance of the Australian market to AV and our commitment to delivering capability solutions that provide sovereign autonomy and meet the user’s needs in protecting the lives of Commonwealth personnel deployed around the world. Having our long term Manufacturing Partner STI aligning so closely with our major Channel Partner EPE is a natural step and is testament to the progressive approach to capability support that EPE has become synonymous with. Reducing the support burden both in time and distance (and inherently cost) will benefit all involved.”
EPE provides Counter IED and Force Protection solutions and support to Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces, Law Enforcement, and other government agencies. We are former bomb techs and Counter IED specialists with real world operational experience. We understand how Counter IED equipment is used and, more importantly we understand the demands placed on equipment and operators in the current ‘high-threat’ environments in which they may be deployed. We also understand the demands of the training and preparation required for operations. Our aim is to source the very best range of battle-proven Counter IED equipment to help us deliver to our customers, a comprehensive and sustainable capability to meet evolving threats. We deliver equipment, through life support, training and consultancy.
Allen-Vanguard is a leader in providing customized solutions for defeating terrorist and extremist threats, including Radio Controlled IEDs (RCIEDs). Defense Forces, Public Safety & Security agencies around the world trust our world class solutions to provide integrated capabilities to help save lives every day. Users worldwide trust Allen-Vanguard’s products for personal protection and to complete their dangerous missions. This battle-proven equipment is developed in close collaboration with end users and is tested to perform as an integrated system in the harshest conditions.
ABOUT SURFACE TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL
Surface Technology International is an Electronic Solutions Provider, specialising in contract electronics design and manufacturing for world-leading customers in high reliability industries. We are certified to AS 9100, AS9100 Rev C, ISO 9001, TS 16949, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards. Founded in 1989, STI has grown steadily to become a leading player in a number of key industry sectors – especially Aerospace, Defence, Security and Energy – with a customer diversity that ranges across the Automotive, Telecoms, Medical, Satellite and Industrial sectors in both the UK and around the globe. STI offers the complete set of electronics manufacturing solutions – Development, PCB Assembly, Final Assembly, Test and Integration. Based in the UK, our international footprint includes
Crowds gathered at the Australian War Memorial for the Currie-Monash Commemorative Dinner, celebrating the achievements of Canadian General Currie and Australian General Monash in World War I.
The third annual Currie-Monash Commemorative Dinner brought together defence, government and industry leaders from Australia and Canada. The High Commission of Canada hosted the dinner to remember the battle of Amiens, which commenced on August 8th, 1918. At Amiens, the Allies shock troops were the Canadian Corps and the Australian Corps, fighting side-by-side for the first time under their own commanders, General Arthur Currie and General John Monash. EPE was a sponsor
LAND FORCES 2016 is Australia’s premier land defence exhibition and a leading land defence forum for Australia, Asia and the Indo-Pacific region.
Visit us at Land Forces 2016 hosted in Adelaide from the 6th to the 7th of September. Booth Number: Hall 2 2Q29
The EPE Exhibit will feature the latest technologies from world leading suppliers in:
All Hazards Detection including Chem, Bio, Rad, Explosive, Narcotic and Stand Off Detection
All Hazards Management and Decontamination
Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
Unmanned Aerial Systems including Counter Drone technology
The emergence of small, lightweight, low cost Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) offers many applications in the theatre of conflict, but their ubiquitous nature and ease of use make UAS as much a threat as they are an asset to the Defence Force. The use of UAS by conventional, non state and irregular forces has added another dimension of threat on the asymmetric battlefield, enabling adversaries to observe the disposition and capabilities of the ADF. The ADF needs a capability to neutralise this potential threat and inhibit the situational awareness of enemies and antagonists.
This is equally applicable in the commercial sectors, specifically the oil and gas sector where the use of drones to assist with exploration and surveying is a great asset. However, they also pose a threat as a tool to be used against energy infrastructure.
This article published in Oil and Gas Australia discusses the Mesmer technology which has been developed by department 13 as a response to this threat. Mesmer can integrate with a variety of sensors to detect, identify, track and mitigate commercial drones. Department 13 is partnered with EPE to deliver this innovative technology to the Australian market.
POLICE have recently charged a man following an incident in Coolum that occurred April the 20th.
Around 10.45pm, a man went to a Centenary Height Road address where it is alleged he threatened a woman with a firearm before fleeing the scene.
Specialist police have attended the scene and after three people were removed from a residence, it will be further alleged that a number of suspicious items were found in a vehicle and inside a residence.
A man was taken into custody without incident earlier this morning, and police detonated a device at the property.
On March 11th, an emergency situation at Arundel was scaled back after police bomb squad members (wearing EOD 9 Bomb Suit on picture 1) manually deactivated a home made explosive. A truck driver was emptying a load from his vehicle, which was nor in his possession the past few days, when he found the suspicious device about 10 am. He alerted authorities, sparking a police response under the Public Safety Preservation Act. Several businesses were evacuated and a large area was cordoned off. The device was not detonated, but police confirmed if it had gone off it would have caused significant damage. It is believed a gun and ammunition were also found near the explosive device.
EPE is a proud supporter of the ALTC On the Job Training Program. We congratulate one of our previous apprentices , CFN Daniel Young who has been awarded the ASEME On-the-job Trainee of the Year for 2015, recognising his efforts throughout his On the Job Training. This is a very prestigious award and EPE is grateful to have been involved in his corporate apprenticeship placements.
CFN Young was particularly notable and made a significant impact during his time with us for both his skills, drive and enthusiasm. In particular his support to some of our rapid prototyping activities and his insight to 3D modelling has been excellent. It would be fair to say that EPE has learned and gained as much from Daniel as he hopefully learned and gained from us. The calibre of Army apprentices placed at EPE over the past year has been excellent and we are grateful for the opportunity to support the program. EPE has found the Program with ASEME Brisbane offers a mutually beneficial experience by providing training to the next generation of Technician Electronic Systems and efficiency and innovative benefits to the company.
EPE Celebrated its Christmas party on November the 11th . It has been an amazing year full of success and opportunities, thank you team for your hard work and dedication. Our best wishes for a great Christmas and New Year full of happiness and satisfactions, hoping you have a great catch up with family and friends. See you next year, refreshed and ready to accomplish even more.
On October 20th, EPE participated to Army Innovation Day hosted by RPDE in Canberra. Over the day, RPDE aimed to showcase leading-edge capabilities from industry to key Army stakeholders in order to inform Army’s modernization and capability development. We have been selected to present two of our following products,
Zephir BioHarness, an advanced Physiological Monitoring Module that incorporates class one BlueTooth technology, has a smaller form factor, and provides heart rate, breathing rate, and 3-axis accelerometery.
Scimitar Tactical Live, a real time Command and Control (C2) System which provides commanders on the ground better situational awareness. It is a wireless LOS/NLOS information collection and fusion tool as well as providing mission and training analysis, and intelligence gathering. EPE’s own Mission and Training Analysis capability has been captured and fused the data feeds live and provided copies for future review.
Over the open view session, We also had the opportunity to exhibit the Cobham ICE 7701, an innovative RF interference cancellation technology offering a breakthrough in the level of sensitivity restoration which can be achieved in on-board communications systems in a jamming environment.
On October 1st, EPE hosted representatives from RPDE, DFAT, Defence, police, AG’s in Canberra, the “Man out of the Danger Zone” capability demonstration day.
EPE brought together a team of international subject matter experts to showcase the latest Unmanned Systems (UAS/UGV) but also to demonstrate how they can be applied for All Hazards (CBRNE / TIC/TIM /Narcotic) detection and enhance ISR.
On the day we showcased the following technologies:
Instant Eye UAS: InstantEye is a high-performance, low-cost aerial system that can be hand launched/recovered by a single person in any weather. The vehicle weighs less than 500g and can go from a stowed configuration to airborne in under 30 seconds. Our presentation showed how this capability can be employed to enhance Tactical ISR, as well as Chemical / Radiological / Gunshot detection and Harris Radio retrains.
CBRN Talon: This fast and mobile robot capable of climbing stairs, negotiating rock piles, and traveling through water, sand and snow can also be used to detect, excavate then neutralise CBRNE threats. In Canberra, We presented the capability of our robot integrated with a full suite of CBRN Sensors (and Heavy Lift Arm)
Portable Raman Improvised Explosives Detector (PRIED): We also < demonstrated how the PRIED, an advanced mobile chemical detection system, can be employed to provide a multi spectrum Stand Off detection.
Scimitar Tactical: SCIMITAR is a real time Command and Control (C2) System which provides commanders on the ground better situational awareness. It is a wireless LOS/NLOS information collection and fusion tool as well as providing mission and training analysis, and intelligence gathering. EPE’s own Mission and Training Analysis capability has been captured and fused the data feeds live and provided copies for future review.
Our International Guest Speakers recognised as industry leaders in their fields, provided a brief on their respective capabilities and how they are currently being employed to support Coalition forces currently deployed.
EPE would like to sincerely thank our Guest speakers for sharing their priceless experience and expertise about all hazard detection.
Chuck Waggoner (Colonel Rtd): Director Deployments, Alakai Defence Systems, former Commander Task Force Paladin
Nathan Desmeule: Director BD, Land Systems, QinetiQ North America (QNA)
Tom Schmit: Senior Scientist, UAS Sensor fusion, PSI Corp
An Afghan National Defense and Security Forces student in an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) suit uses a metal detector during an explosive ordnance test at the EOD School at the Central Training Centre in Kabul, Afghanistan.
There are three Counter Improvised Explosive Device (CIED) Advisers embedded within Headquarters Resolute Support providing specialist, logistical and training support to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.
The three advisers are part of the 400 Australian Defence Force personnel deployed across Afghanistan in a variety of roles as part of Operation Highroad, supporting the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.
Resolute Support is focused on training, advising and assisting the Afghan National Security Forces and Afghan security institutions at the operational, institutional and ministerial levels.
Not necessarily our kit… but really cool photos nonetheless!
Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers emerge from the waters of Pittwater whilst conducting a surveillance exercise at Palm Beach in Sydney. Clearance Divers are the Australian Defence Forces’ specialist divers. Clearance Diver tasks include specialist diving missions to depths of 54 metres, surface and underwater demolitions, and the rendering safe and disposal of conventional explosive ordnance and improvised explosive devices.
Australian Army 1st Joint Public Affairs Unit has released photos of the Australian Army in support at G20. Australian Army soldier Sapper Sebastian MacCormac, from the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment (2CER), uses a contraband detection device during a vehicle search at a Suncorp Stadium vehicle checkpoint.
Members of the Brisbane-based 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment and the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment along with a team from Amberley-based No. 2 Security Force Squadron have worked alongside Queensland Police Service personnel as they provide a search capability to maintain security throughout the G20 Summit in November 2014. The ADF personnel are assisting police at checkpoints around Brisbane where vehicles are checked using specialised search equipment to ensure the safety of delegates and members of the public attending the various G20 events.
The role of Defence in the G20 security arrangements relates to the provision of niche security capabilities in support of major events consistent with its obligations under the Australian Government Crisis Management Framework. The Australian Government has deployed appropriate ADF assets available to support the G20 taskforce and civilian police to provide a secure environment for the conduct of G20 events, including the Leaders Summit held in Brisbane on 15 and 16 November.
EPE is currently hosting Ken Pirie in Australia to collaborate on ADF Projects Land 3025 and Land 2110. EPE’s long relationship with Ken started in 1998 when EPE Director, Warwick Penrose participated in Live Agent Training at DRDC Canada as part of the ADF’s preparations for the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Since then, EPE and Ken have formed a positive working relationship that encourages and sustains the exchange of technical and operational information, ideas and experiences specific to the mitigation and management of terrorist driven CBRN threats.
Ken Pirie retired from Canadian federal government service in 2012 as the Head/Demilitarization Operations and International Training Programmes at the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Suffield, Alberta.
He specialized in explosive engineering application, blast physics, chemical and conventional ordnance disposal, demilitarization project management specific to the recovery, process and destruction of abandoned chemical weapons and the design, implementation and management (use) of specialized prototype equipment and systems employed in the destruction of chemical filled ordnance.
In 2006 Ken was acknowledged by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) as a “Qualified Expert” in his field and as such, participated in OPCW operations specific to “Investigations of Alleged Use” of chemical weapons by opposing states parties. As Deputy Director, Counter Terrorism Technology Centre, Ken directed global First Responder Training Programs (FRTP); he produced the curriculum and directed national live agent training operations for the Department of National Defence, militaries of foreign governments, other government agencies (foreign and domestic) as well as Canadian and International first response communities.
Photos released by Australian Army 1st Joint Public Affairs Unit show Search equipment supplied by EPE for G20.
Australian Army engineer Sapper Steve McMillan, from the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment, uses a Non-Linear Junction Detector to check storage boxes at the Brisbane Convention Centre in preparation for the G20 Leaders Summit. Australian Army engineers have conducted thorough searches of venues around the Brisbane CBD in support of the Queensland Police Service as the city gears up to host the G20 Leaders Summit over 15 and 16 November 2014.
The soldiers are assisting police at various locations around Brisbane using specialised search equipment to ensure the safety of delegates and members of the public attending the various G20 events. The role of Defence in the G20 security arrangements relates to the provision of niche capabilities in support of major events consistent with its obligations under the Australian Government Crisis Management Framework. The Australian Government has deployed appropriate ADF assets available to support the G20 taskforce and civilian police to provide a secure environment for the conduct of G20 events.
What a great week to share with our Original Equipment Manufacturers. EPE hosted both long term and newer partners including Med-Eng, Allen Vanguard, Emergent, Tactical Electronics, Track 24, ARA, Jankel and e2v. A huge thank you to all our OEMs for making the long round trip to Australia. Great for us all to catch up.
Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO visited the EPE booth at Land Forces 2014 and discussed capabilities we provide to ADF with EPE Director Warwick Penrose. Looking at Bomb Disposal robots – TALON and Dragon Runner, and Bombsuits – EOD9 and lightweight TAC6.
Members of the police bomb squad dispose of the volatile chemical picric acid with a controlled explosion in a park at The Gap.
A volatile chemical taken to a suburban Brisbane police station could have detonated in transit, officers have warned.
Regional duty officer for the Brisbane Region Inspector Steve Flori said an elderly resident of The Gap in Brisbane’s northwest discovered the substance at a home after her ex-husband – a former chemist – was admitted to hospital. The sensitive chemical could be activated by friction and movement and was used as an explosive in World War I.
“That wasn’t its current application in relation to this couple at The Gap,” Insp Flori said. “But in its current state that we had it, it was highly explosive and the safest option for us was to dispose of that substance via a controlled explosion.”
Members of the bomb squad detonated the chemical in a park next to The Gap police station.
Information and photo from The Courier Mail August 18 2014.
A suspicious device that sparked a bomb scare at Indooroopilly train station has turned out to be a school student’s science project. The Queensland Police Explosive Ordnance Response Team attended the scene. Police say the high school student left their science project at the station by mistake. The device brimming with wires was so suspicious that the bomb squad was initially convinced it could be dangerous.
The Australian Navy ship HMAS Parramatta is currently berthed in Brisbane and the Commanding Officers of Naval Headquarters South Queensland and HMAS Parramatta hosted an official reception on Saturday evening. Guests were invited to enjoy a ceremonial sunset on board. EPE Director, Warwick and his wife Gill were on board. Also EPE Financial Controller, Nicole Sauer attended with her husband, Group Captain Simon Sauer.
HMAS Parramatta is a long–range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. The ship can counter simultaneous threats from aircraft, surface vessels and submarines.
EPE has hosted our second Defence Apprentice and what a great young guy with a great attitude and work ethic. Dexter spent 6 weeks learning different aspects of our Defence Maintenance business working with our fully qualified technicians on :
fabrication and integration of am alarm system into ECM units
Assembly Guide for ECM alarm system
Technical Inspections of EOD9 suits at SOER and DEOTS
Technical Inspections of Dragon Runner UGVs at DNSDC
Elevation Motors on Talon UGV
EPE congratulate Dexter on your posting to 1st Regiment at Gallipoli Barracks.
EPE attended the Defence Industries Queensland Networking Function hosted by the Honourable Jeff Seeney MP, Deputy Premier of Queensland, which was attended by 240 guests representing Defence, Queensland Government and Defence Industry in Queensland.
The Deputy Premier gave an address as did the Queensland Defence Industries Envoy – Mr Lindsay Pears. Mr Pears focused on the growing potential of Queensland in his address, stating ‘Our proximity to regional turbulence is self-evident, as is our strategic infrastructure and the need to defend it. We will continue to work closely with defence to make sure that Queensland’s strategic plans are understood at the outset, that they acknowledge defence intent and encourage defence presence, and to ensure that we ease force placement. Presence, proximity and capability equals growth, and that is what we will strive for in Queensland, the strategic state and the front line for defence industry.’
EPE was very pleased to not only attend the event, but also provide ‘light entertainment’ supporting the theme of the event by demonstrating some key Defence capabilities. EPE displayed the EOD9 bombsuit and TAC6 Lightweight Bomb Suit, and demonstrated the TALON and Dragon Runner 20 bomb disposal robots.
EPE is very excited about supporting the Defence Apprentice Program having Apprentices placed with us for on the job training. Our first apprentice, Josh has recently finished his placement. He’s described his time spent at EPE:
‘EPE, as the latest addition to civilian detachments for trainee RAEME tradesman, provides us with the opportunity to conduct maintenance, design, fabrication and troubleshooting on explosive protection, detection and disposal equipment. The skills learnt throughout our trade training are expanded with the unique tasks that EPE provides and challenges us to “think outside the box”, a necessity for the role of Electronics Technician. We look forward to improving the qualiity of RAEME tradesman through partnership with EPE’
Josh did a great job – contributing to the completion of a number of projects – repair of ECM backpacks returned from deployment in Afghanistan, finishing production of devices for Defence MARS training, Bomb Suit inspections, and participated in the TALON Maintenance Course delivered to Defence by EPE.
EPE has teamed with IMSL to develop synergies in their respective markets. EPE provides IMSL with leverage, knowledge and experience of the Australian and New Zealand Defence and Security market for its specialised training and service offerings, and IMSL has identified potential in other markets for EPE packages of equipment, training and consultancy.
Warwick Penrose, CEO of EPE, says “This arrangement is built on many years of personal relationships and goodwill between the two companies. We are encountering a very real market for IMSL in our home territory and are excited by the potential for a reciprocal relationship in areas where IMSL is pursuing a number of lines of development”.
While Andy Green, CEO of IMSL, added “Our friendship with EPE is built on real respect. It is clear that we can help each other as we both seek to expand our businesses globally – there is no overlap , but real opportunity to leverage each other’s access in specific markets. We look forward to exciting times together.”
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EPE supported our local school, New Farm State School in their commemoration of Anzac Day on Thursday. Warwick Penrose was the guest speaker joined by firefighter James Dowdell from the Fire Department of New York City. Warwick spoke to the Primary School children about his experiences as a Captain in the Australian Army and in particular his journey to Gallipoli on Anzac Day in 1995. He also spoke about continuing the Anzac Spirit in our daily lives. Warwick was joined by FDNY firefighter James Dowdell at the ceremony, who spoke of the spirit of cooperation not only between Australia and New Zealand, but also with the US.
They told the children a story about when Warwick in his role with the Australian Army had gone on a counterterror training trip to New York in the lead up to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Warwick spent weeks with the Fire Department of New York where they were benchmarking procedures for CBRN incidents in their training for securing the Olympics in Sydney. Warwick spent time with Rescue 4 in Queens and met FDNY Lt. Kevin Dowdell and his team. As a momento of the cooperation between Australia and the US, the pair exchanged gifts. Kevin’s gift to Warwick was a FDNY helmet signed by Kevin and his team. Three years later in September 11, Kevin was killed in the Twin Towers along with a number of his team.
In Washington in 2011, Australia’s prime minister, Julia Gillard visited Capitol Hill and offered “a precious possession” – the tale of a fire helmet that proves the enduring legacy of 9/11’s heroes. Warwick had offered to have the helmet taken back to the US to be returned to Kevin’s family. Ms Gillard presented it to Kevin’s son James from FDNY Ladder 174 in East Flatbush.
As New Farm State School was established in 1901, a number of students who attended the school in the early 1900’s went on to fight in WWI. The school has a memorial with the names of 24 students who died in WWI.
Victoria Police Bomb Response Unit was called yesterday to a suspicious device in a park in Melbourne’s north after its discovery led to the suspension of a train line. The device was found at Kelvin Thomson Park off Cleve Road in Pascoe Vale about 8.30am on Thursday. The Craigieburn rail line was shut down and a local bike path closed as the police Bomb Response Unit investigated.
The Bomb Response Unit used an Unmanned Ground Vehicle to transport the suspected pipe bomb from beneath the Tullamarine Freeway. It was placed in a safe position where it was inspected by a Bomb Technician wearing the EOD9 Bomb Suit. It was placed beneath sandbags and safely disposed of.
EPE and QinetiQ North America have partnered. EPE will represent the range of unmanned ground vehicles and their controllers including the TALON® Series manufactured and supplied by QinetiQ North America.
QinetiQ North America’s International Business Manager said ‘we will support EPE with all through-life support capability including spares, maintenance and training. EPE has accredited service engineers to conduct maintenance on the TALON® unmanned ground vehicle. EPE has been designated as QinetiQ North America’s authorized maintenance representative and reseller for all TALON® products, services and spare parts for QinetiQ North America in Australia.’
EPE is proud to have a maintenance team fully qualified in servicing and repairing the QinetiQ NA family of robots in a fully equipped, secure facility. We also deliver TALON® Robot Maintenance courses for DMO – in 2013 we trained 11 Defence personnel in maintenance of the robot. Participants learn various OEM endorsed fault-finding techniques and the correct procedures for assembly/disassembly of the ROV.
Around the world, the TALON® military robots have earned a reputation for durability, reliability and flexibility when protecting personnel by remotely dealing with improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Since TALON’s initial deployment in 2000, the QinetiQ North America family of robots has expanded to include small, medium and large unmanned vehicles that can be configured for specific tasks, such as IED defeat, CBRNE/hazmat identification, reconnaissance, combat engineering support and SWAT/MP unit assistance.
EPE looks forward to supporting Australian and New Zealand Military, Law Enforcement and First Responders with the QinetiQ family of unmanned ground vehicles.
EPE (Zangold Pty Ltd trading as EPE) is pleased to announce that the Australian Department of Defence’s Rapid Prototyping, Development and Evaluation (RPDE) organisation has selected EPE to be an Associate of the RPDE Program.
Associates are generally academic institutions or specialist Australian companies with a relevant R & D Program. The common selection criterion to join the program is that the organisation has to demonstrate it has skills and expertise in one or more of the following niche capability areas:
Military systems and materials/platform integration
Human factors engineering/ operations research/ organizational analysis
Data/ information management/ fusion
Software development/ integration
RPDE was established as a unique collaboration between Defence, industry and academia, bringing together the best and brightest from across the defence industry spectrum. The aim is to utilise the formidable results that are possible when combining these forces in a neutral, non-competitive environment, knowing that intellectual property and commercial interests are protected.
On Friday 6th December, EPE attended a special event in Canberra for the signing of the Standing Offer and the Joining Deed by new Associates.
EPE looks forward to working closely with the RPDE Program and being able to apply its knowledge and expertise to assist in solving some of Defence’s most complex capability problems.
The inaugural 1st Annual Autonomous Ground Vehicle Competition was held at Deakin University in conjunction with DSTO. EPE exhibited at the VIP Day demonstrating the Dragon Runner 20 Unmanned Ground Vehicle.