Industrial & Technical Benefits

UBC STAR has helped catalyze $4.5M in Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) investments in the BC Interior.

UBC STAR has helped small to mid-sized firms leverage Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy, which contractually obligates companies awarded defence procurement contracts to undertake business activity in Canada equal to the value of the contracts they have won.

Liquid Armour

A pioneering transatlantic partnership

BAE Systems and Helios Global Technologies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2017 to develop applications for liquid armour technology for the defence, sport and automotive sectors. The new protective materials are now being tested at the UBC STAR Impact Research Facility (SIRF) in Kelowna, BC.

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Leveraging defence procurement to expand technology development

Textron Systems explains how it has formed an R&D consortia with Helios Global Technologies and UBC’s Survive and Thrive Applied Research (STAR) initiative to explore non-military uses for armourgel technology.