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Welcome to the Kord Group.
We are a privately owned group of technology companies, formed in 2007 and headquartered in Canberra Australia, comprising KordTech Pty Ltd and its subsidiaries, Kord Defence Pty Ltd, KordUSA Inc, and Shotdot Pty Ltd.
We develop and produce innovative push-button control and shot recording technologies for the military, law enforcement, homeland security and commercial shooting markets. The technologies are designed to greatly improve operator performance and safety, as well as after-action review, logistics and maintenance.
We believe that those on the front-line, whose job it is to keep us safe, no matter whether they are soldiers, special forces, police or customs and border agents, deserve the very best technology to do their job.
Our mission is to provide cutting-edge technology that keeps them safer, enables them to perform better, make decisions faster, and improves their overall operations.
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
KORD selected for US Army Testing
5 May 2021
Kord announced today that its technology had been selected by the US Army to take part in the 2022 Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE 2022) at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Kord Defence, in conjunction with its sister company, KordUSA, will be providing its centralised soldier control systems for testing and evaluation by the Army’s full-time tactical experimenters — along with a standard opposition force from a regular Army unit and foreign participants to put the technology through its paces in an operational field environment. Advanced forms of the Technology are currently being developed for the Australian Army under a Defence Innovation Hub contract.
The AEWE is an annual campaign of experimentation to place prototype technologies, which show potential for a significant capability benefit, into the hands of Soldiers to solve small unit tactical problems. Experimentation is executed through Live Fire, Non-networked and Force on Force phases. It is the Army’s premier prototype technology and concept event focused on modernisation at the squad and small unit level. It is seen to play an essential role in shaping the future US Army between now and 2025, and is designed to provide capability developers, the Science and Technology (S&T) community, and industry with a repeatable, credible, rigorous, and validated operational experiment for supporting both concept and materiel development.
Managing Director, Dr Peter Moran, said that “the Company was overjoyed to have been selected as it provided a significant opportunity to showcase the operational benefits of its Technology to the biggest army in the world.” He went on to say that “as far as we know, we’re the only Australian company to have been selected for this prestigious event”.
Kord’s inclusion in AEWE follows from successful testing undertaken by the US Marine Corps over the last 4 years. The National Defense Authorisation Act (2021) has identified Kord’s Technology as an Item of Special Interest for rapid procurement by the USMC.
KORD secures contract for C4 EDGE Program
20 January 2021
Kord announced today that it had signed a contract with EOS Defence Systems Pty Ltd for the next phase of the C4 EDGE (Evolutionary Digital Ground Environment) Program. EOS was awarded $31.4m contract in December 2020 to develop a demonstration system available by the end of this year.
The C4 EDGE Program, which comprises some 18 Australian SMEs, seeks to deliver a sovereign tactical command, control, computing and communications system (C4) for a battlegroup and below. Kord’s unique push-button control technology will be used to enable the soldier to operate this new communications technology while ‘head up, eyes on target, hands on weapon’.
Peter Moran, CEO of Kord Defence said that “it was a small, but important contribution to the overall effort which will enable dismounted soldiers to access their communications devices faster, easier and safer.” The demonstration will involve the development of a tactical communications prototype, which included waveform, cryptography, satellite-enabled friendly-force tracking, radio and hardware manufacture.
The Government’s 2020 Defence Strategic Update stipulates an investment pipeline for battlefield communications and command systems of A$5 billion and A$7.5 billion over the next 20 years.
Kord Signs Innovation Hub Contract
20 October 2020
The Minister of Defence Industry, The Hon. Melissa Price MP, today announced that Kord Defence had been awarded a $3.4m contract to help soldiers in the battlefield control electrical devices on their weapons and body.
Funded through the Defence Innovation Hub, the contract will build on technology that was initially developed through a $635,000 Innovation Hub contract in 2017.
"This innovation has great potential to make existing systems more soldier-friendly and improve situational awareness for our soldiers deployed in the modern battlefield" Minister Price said.
"Kord is a great example of how the Morrison Government's investment in innovation is growing small businesses, as well as helping them showcase their technology in highly competitive global markets, such as the US" Minister Price said.
Kord's Managing Director, Dr Peter Moran, said "the project will deliver prototype, push-button control system to the dismounted soldier that will functionally integrate weapon-mounted and body-worn electronic devices and systems, so the soldier can be "head up, eyes on target, hands on weapon". "We are committed to providing our soldiers with the best possible control technology so they can perform their job better, faster and safer"
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Kord becomes a member of the C4 EDGE Team
8 August 2020
Kord announced today that it had joined the C4 EDGE (Evolutionary Digital Ground Environment) Communications Program, to scope the demonstration of a sovereign land battlegroup and below communications environment for the Australian Army.
At an event held in Canberra yesterday ACT based companies 1LM, Insitec, Kord Defence, Outlander Solutions, Penten, SkyKraft and Xtek: contracted under the nation-wide program comprised of 17 businesses, were officially welcoomed to Team C4 EDGE by Senator Zed Seselija (ACT) and EOS Defence Systems CEO Grant Sanderson.
Kord Managing Director, Peter Moran said "It is both an honour and a privilege to be working with so many innovative Australian companies in developing a communications capability that is not only unique but developed in Australia for Australian soldiers. Kord's push-button control technology will enable the soldier to simply and easily operate this new communication technology without being distracted or putting themselves in harm's way".
Kord Signs Contract with US Marine Corps
3 February 2020
Kord Defence announced today that it had signed a $1.4m contract with the US Marine Corps (USMC) to complete the development and evaluation of its Rifle Accessory Control Unit (RACU) Technology.
Managing Director, Dr Peter Moran, said "it was the fourth such contract that Kord had received and would enable it to complete development of the Systems that the USMC had been testing over the past 3 years and to integrate them to a range of advanced US electronic devices and systems including an intelligent weapon rail and head-up display."
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, said it was an example of how Defence Innovation Hub is opening doors for Australian companies.
"I'm pleased to see the investment our Government made in Kord has enabled them to grow and pursue new export opportunities in global markets" Minister Price said.
The contract not only enables Kord to complete the development of its RACU Technology but also further cement Australian industry as producers to world-leading technology in high demand globally. For more information click here
Kord presents kangaroo statue to Ogden City
19 August 2019
Dr. Peter Moran, the managing director of Kord, presented a kangaroo statue to Ogden City on Monday, Aug. 19, at 1:30 p.m. on the front steps of the Ogden City Municipal Building. The statue was given in appreciation of the support and collaborative spirit Ogden City showed Kord in the process of establishing their new office in Ogden.
Kord’s new facility at Business Depot Ogden is focusing primarily on production planning, quality control, assembly and testing. Kord is partnering with a range of local suppliers across the Wasatch Front, and they expect to be production ready by the end of 2019.
The statue was presented to Mayor Mike Caldwell and Mark Johnson, Ogden City’s chief administrative officer. It will be included in future displays of Ogden’s “Trail to Pioneer Day Horses” project. Community members and media representatives also attended the presentation.
KordUSA open for business after ribbon-cutting ceremony
28 June 2019
KordUSA held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house to celebrate its new office and production test facility in Ogden. The new location in Ogden will contribute to Northern Utah’s robust and growing aerospace and defense industry.
In attendance for the ribbon-cutting were Dr. Peter Moran, Kord’s Managing Director; Congressman Rob Bishop; Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell; Alison Petchell of the Embassy of Australia; and the Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce Spikers Committee.
“Ogden is an innovative and forward-thinking city,” said Mayor Mike Caldwell. “Ogden is recognized as a hub for advanced technology and manufacturing, and we’re excited to welcome Kord to our city as a company that will create high-quality jobs in a fast-growing industry.”
US Marine Corps support innovative Australian technology
26 June 2018
Canberra-based Kord Defence, today announced it had signed a contract worth almost half a million Australian dollars with the US Marine Corps for the testing and evaluation of a Wireless Control System.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, congratulated Kord Defence, noting that this demonstrates the incredible potential of Australian defence industry to support the capability of our allies.
He said “Kord Defence is now able to export a similar technology to the US Marine Corps. This is a great example of Australian innovation taking advantage of support from this government, to provide world leading technology to support both Australian and allied soldiers".
$635,000 Innovation Contract to Develop Enhanced Army Capability
8 December 2017
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP and Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja today announced Kord Defence would receive funding through the Defence Innovation Hub to develop an innovative wireless systems control technology to enhance Army capability.
An innovation contract worth $635,000 with Canberra-based Kord Defence will seek to develop a wireless soldier control system using Bluetooth Low Energy technology that will connect with multiple electronic devices currently in use by the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Minister Pyne said this innovation could provide improved situational awareness for soldiers in combat situations, linking together devices used for communications, sensors, and battlefield intelligence.
Innovation Contract the Way of Defence Industry Future
5 April 2017
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today attended a signing ceremony to mark the success of Australian company, Kord Defence Pty Ltd winning a contract to develop innovative products for the United States Marine Corps.
Minister Pyne said Kord Defence was awarded a contract by the United States Marine Corps worth US$2.25 million over 18 months that would see up to an additional four staff employed, including two engineers under the United States Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) program.
“Kord Defence is an innovative company with technology that fundamentally improves the capacity of the soldier in the battlefield,” he said.
KORDUSA establishes head office in the Quantico Corporate Center
28 March 2017
Kord subsidiary, KordUSA, Inc. announced that it had established its head office within the recently finished 40,000 square foot, two story Class A building at the Quantico Corporate Center. Kord USA occupies space on the top floor alongside the Headquarters for Claxton Logistics.
“It was paramount that we strategically locate our operation at the Quantico Corporate Center due to the close proximity to our primary customer at the Quantico Base” said Zeke Williams, Director of Business Operations.
Kord establishes US subsidiary
29 April 2016
Kord announced that it had established KordUSA Inc. as a wholly owned subsidiary of KordTech Pty Ltd. It has a licence to commercialise Kord’s RIC Technology for the military, law enforcement and homeland security markets in North America.
President of KordUSA, Dr Peter Moran, said that the company would initially focus on integrating the RIC Technology to US Controlled Technology as well as providing direct support for planned testing by the US Marine Corps.
Currently it is located in a serviced office in Arlington. It intends hiring several project and technical staff who will eventually be based in new offices in the Quantico area.