The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 29 March that more than 15,000 additional units of the Silvershield counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) system will be delivered to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) this year.

Minister for Defence Industry Linda Reynolds said that final assembly of these units will take place in Brisbane at the L3 Micreo facility, adding that the systems are comprised of component parts sourced from companies across Australia, including Axiom Precision Manufacturing, SRX Global, ZCG Scalar, and Lintek.

The Silvershield system is part of the Redwing programme under which L-3 Micreo and Australia’s Defence Science and Technology developed “low-cost, robust, and lightweight” C-IEDs to jam radio signals that can set off IEDs, said the DoD.
Leidos Australia has announced an AUD10 million (USD6.2 million) sub-contract with Australian defence company EPE for the supply of detection and confirmatory systems as part of a major chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) protection project for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

In April Leidos disclosed that under the sub-contract the Brisbane-based company will provide it with LCD 3.3 lightweight personal devices from UK company Smiths Detection for the detection and identification of chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals. EPE will also supply biological confirmatory systems from US-based company BioFire Diagnostics designed to test for a comprehensive panel of respiratory viruses and biological agents.