It’s official: Our parent company OPEC Systems was recognised as the Defence Innovator of the Year 2019 at the Australian Defence Industry Awards held in Canberra on 26 September. In a room filled with luminaries from the Australian Defence industry, OPEC Systems was recognised for its innovative CBRN protective garment design and construction, and its pioneering development of PFAS remediation technologies. Given the calibre of entries, the entire OPEC team both here and in Australia is feeling proud and excited by the platform that this provides to showcase our capabilities. We recognise that awards of this nature are the basis for important conversations and serve to highlight the invaluable contribution that SME’s like OPEC CBRNe bring to the Defence realm. OPEC CBRNe’s innovative CBRN protective garments are designed for the modern soldier and first responder, and achieve an optimal balance between thermal burden, wearer comfort and CBRN protection. This capability was recognised when OPEC’s Kestrel, a two-piece CBRN ensemble, was selected by Australian Defence under the LAND 2110 CBRN enablement program.