Government congratulates Sentient Vision Systems

07 Sep 2016 Media release

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP today congratulated Sentient Vision Systems on achieving 1000 global sales of their innovative vision processing system, Kestrel.

Minister Pyne said the deployment of more than 1000 Kestrel systems is a worldwide export success for Australia.

“It shows Defence and Australian industry can not only collaborate successfully on developing a Defence capability but also market it internationally,” Minister Pyne said.

The Kestrel software identifies and tracks moving targets on land and sea environments from live stream video on military platforms.

“This product significantly improves Defence’s ability to simultaneously identify multiple threats that would normally be missed by the human eye,” Minister Pyne.

Kestrel has been successfully deployed in Middle East Area of Operations in support of Australian and Coalition forces.

Kestrel was developed under the Defence Capability and Technology Demonstrator program and transitioned into service with Australian and Coalition forces.

The Capability and Technology Demonstrator Program is one of the Defence innovation programs that are transitioning into the new Defence Innovation Hub that will open later this year as part of the Turnbull’s government's $1.6 billion investment in building a strong and vibrant Australian defence industry and innovation sector.