An Australian company will ensure ADF personnel working with explosive devices on operations have a safe laboratory capability to operate in.
Defence has signed a $30 million contract with Zangold Pty Ltd, trading as Explosive Protective Equipment (EPE), to support the ADF Weapons Technical Intelligence laboratories.
The deployable high-tech laboratories, which are constructed in a modern shipping container design, provide mobile protection for soldiers, sailors and aviators undertaking explosive hazardous material and forensic analysis in the field.
Zangold Pty Ltd will deliver essential services to keep the state-of-the-art laboratories operational at all times.
Assistant Secretary of Electromagnetic Warfare and Intelligence Systems Alex Rothwell said the laboratories provided a safe environment for soldiers, sailors and airmen working with explosive devices even when deployed.
“This level of support demonstrates a new level of collaboration between Defence and industry in supporting this advanced and complex capability,” Mr Rothwell said.
The support and maintenance to the laboratories will be based out of Brisbane and Adelaide and will create up to 15 full-time specialist technical positions for EPE. Support of the laboratories will also require engagement with a range of local businesses for maintenance and repair.
Defence image: Australian Army gunners from the 4th Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery fire the M777 howitzer during Exercise Shot Start at Townsville Field Training Area, Queensland.