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Advent Atum and DefenceX Forge Strategic Alliance to Elevate Sovereign Supply Chain

Updated: Apr 9

Media Release

Sydney, Australia – 7 April 2024 In a landmark announcement that promises to redefine the boundaries of defence technology, Advent Atum, Australia's first Aboriginal owned defence technology start-up, has unveiled a strategic partnership with the newly minted DefenceX and its subsidiary, Astute Systems. This alliance focuses on the design, support, and manufacturing of custom HORAS edge compute solutions tailored for the innovative HORAS TDE intelligent fire control system.

Advent Atum is at the forefront of supplying advanced fire control systems within Australia, which allows it customers to upgrade its in service and future systems for counter UAS and automated engagement solutions for Remote Weapon Stations, Tanks and other platforms. The partnership with DefenceX, a nascent yet remarkably innovative player in the defence sector, signifies a pivotal advancement in the commercialisation and enhancement of military-grade technologies. A key feature of this collaboration is the emphasis on the HORAS TDE system's sight agnosticism, indicating a significant opportunity for sight suppliers to integrate their solutions with cutting-edge fire control systems.

DefenceX CEO Ross Newman working closely with Advent Atum Team. Source: Advent Atum

Andy Wilson, CEO of Advent Atum, highlighted the inclusive and forward-thinking approach of the partnership, stating, "Our collaboration with DefenceX and Astute Systems not only signifies a leap in securing supply chains and technological advancements but also underscores our commitment to interoperability and open architecture in defence technology. The HORAS TDE system is designed to be sight agnostic, offering a versatile platform for sight and camera system suppliers, and radar suppliers both sovereign and worldwide. We strongly encourage suppliers to engage with us to explore how their solutions can be supported, enhancing the effectiveness and adaptability with HORAS TDE across various operational scenarios."

Multi Object Tracking Using Thermal Camera Source: Advent Atum

Ross Newman, CEO of DefenceX and the former chief engineer at Rheinmetall, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership's potential to foster innovation and inclusivity. "Joining forces with Advent Atum is a thrilling step forward. Their HORAS TDE system represents the pinnacle of fire control technology, and our collaboration aims to broaden its applicability and efficiency. We see this as an invitation to sight suppliers globally to contribute to a technology that promises to revolutionise the defence industry". "This partnership is not just about combining forces; it's about opening doors to widespread innovation and collaboration within the defence sector". By leveraging Advent Atum's groundbreaking technology with DefenceX's fresh perspective on defence solutions and Astute Systems' manufacturing capabilities, the alliance is poised to deliver unparalleled solutions in intelligent fire control systems, benefiting clients worldwide.

For more information on Advent Atum, and opportunities for sight/sensor suppliers, please contact:

Andy Wilson CEO, Advent Atum

About Advent Atum 

Advent Atum stands as Australia's first Aboriginal owned and operated defence technology company, specialising in the development and supply of advanced fire control systems. With innovation and excellence at its core, Advent Atum aims to enhance global defence capabilities, offering cutting-edge solutions that meet the diverse needs of modern military operations.


HORAS TDE is one of the product offerings from its HORAS ecosystem. HORAS TDE stands for High Order Reinforced Autonomous System – Threat Detection and Engagement. HORAS TDE is an AI backed advanced fire control system designed to support and integrate with legacy and future sights, sensors, and weapons platforms. HORAS TDE Hardware is 6x smaller and easily upgradable compared to existing systems in service. HORAS TDE offering provides customers a solid through life support model to guarantee leading edge in capability improvements for years to come.  

About DefenceX  DefenceX emerges as an innovative Brisbane-based start-up in the defence industry, committed to developing and delivering high-quality embedded software solutions. Together with its subsidiary Astute Systems, focuses on providing the best in class edge compute hardware, DefenceX is dedicated to setting new standards in technology and service, driving progress in the defence sector.

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