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Jun 2015

Micreo collaborates on counter improvised explosive devices production for Afghanistan

Defence and Australian industry partners including Micreo Limited have collaborated to manufacture the first-of-a-kind counter improvised explosive device equipment. Australia continues to be on the cutting edge of the development of defence science and technology needed to address the global threat posed by improvised explosive devices.

Micreo, Ultra Electronics Australia, Associated Electronic Services, AXIOM Precision Manufacturing and Lintek have worked in close partnership with the Defence Materiel Organisation, the Defence Science and Technology Organisation and Defence’s Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Task Force to produce this potentially lifesaving equipment.

Under Defence’s REDWING program, Australia has developed low cost, robust and lightweight force protection systems. The equipment has particular application for use in austere operating environments by military and police units as it requires minimal operator training and limited logistic support. Two systems have been produced as shown below, namely GREENGUM (to equip dismounted forces) and GREYGUM (for fitting to light vehicles).

Through this project, the Australian Government will invest up to $50 million in the Australian defence manufacturing industry, demonstrating Defence’s ability to transfer domestically developed counter improvised explosive device technology into jobs for Australians. This project is an example of Australian industry and Defence collaboration, entrepreneurship and innovation to a deliver unique solution that is able to help address a persistent threat in almost every conflict zone.

With defence industry partners supporting an accelerated production schedule, delivery of this vital equipment to Afghanistan commenced in January. The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces are  now deploying this equipment in the current fighting season, their first without significant coalition support.

Micreo Limited is an Australian-based independent company founded in 2002 which currently employs 70 people. In the REDWING program, Micreo has applied its technical and management skills to deliver significant quantities of both the GREENGUM and GREYGUM units in a four month period, providing temporary jobs and experience for an additional 40 trainees whilst meeting the quality and delivery targets.

The core business of the company is  the  design  and  manufacture  of  RF  and  photonic  products  for  Radar  and  Electronic Warfare  avionic  systems. To learn more, visit