Leidos wins contract with Australia to develop underwater sensor

According to information published by the Australian Government on October 19, 2021, a Victorian company has joined forces with the Morrison Government to develop an easily deployable underwater sensor that will strengthen Australia’s maritime security.
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Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price announced a $1.6 million Defence Innovation Hub contract with Victorian company Leidos Australia to develop the technology.

Leidos will be working with WA company Terra15 and the University of Melbourne’s School of Engineering to develop fiber-optic methods of conducting underwater reconnaissance.

Leidos, formerly known as Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), is an American defense, aviation, information technology (Lockheed Martin IS&GS), and biomedical research company headquartered in Reston, Virginia, that provides scientific, engineering, systems integration, and technical services.

Leidos merged with Lockheed Martin's IT sector in August 2016 for Information Systems & Global Solutions business to create the defense industry’s largest IT services provider. The Leidos-Lockheed Martin merger is one of the biggest transactions thus far in the consolidation of a defense sector.

Leidos works extensively with the United States Department of Defense, the United States Department of Homeland Security, and the United States Intelligence Community, including the NSA, as well as other U.S. government civil agencies and selected commercial markets.