Appoints Simon Palumbo, Executive Vice President, Silentium Defense Corporation

Adelaide, South Australia – 16 May 2024 – Silentium Defence Pty Ltd, the leaders in passive radar today announced further commitment to the US market, posting co-founder and Chief eXperience Officer, Simon Palumbo to Virginia, USA.

Landscape photo of Simon Palumbo, Executive Vice President, Silentium Defense Corporation

Palumbo will assume the role, Executive Vice President, Silentium Defense Corporation and will be responsible for in-country customer support, business development, talent acquisition and growth of the US team.

The move follows Silentium’s first US contract announced in October 2023 and is a direct response to increased demand for its MAVERICK M8 passive radar systems across the defense, commercial and government markets.

Palumbo said, “it is clear we have a unique technology that addresses a specific capability gap in the current operating picture, especially as it relates to Counter-UAS and expeditionary force protection.

“Our low-size, weight and power passive radar system is highly mobile and can see everything in the airspace, even non-emitting objects like silent, autonomous systems and dark drones.

“As the conflict in the Ukraine continues to demonstrate, these threats pose a clear and present danger to troops and mission success. We are committed to getting our systems into the hands of the war fighters as quickly as possible to overcome that challenge and help protect what matters.”

Recently trialled at Exercise Trident Spectre 2024* and exhibited at SOF Week in Tampa, Silentium’s MAVERICK M8 passive radar goes from backpack to operational in less than seven minutes to provide persistent, covert surveillance of the environment.

Already in various stages of trial and use by the Australian Army, Navy, and Air Force as well as global customers and partners, Silentium is the only company in the world delivering passive radar systems for surveillance of sea, air, land, and space.

Dr James Palmer, CEO Silentium Defence said, “ours is a globally relevant technology and now is the time to get it into the hands of the people who can benefit from it the most, our defence force and allied partners.

“Simon’s posting to the US is a clear demonstration of our commitment to that market, directly aligns to our global growth strategy, and reflects the size and scale of opportunities we have identified.

“His presence in country expedites our ability to respond to those opportunities and capitalise on our recent momentum.”

Dr Palmer remains at the helm of the Australian operation and will continue to drive the 60-strong team head quartered in Adelaide, South Australia while Mr Palumbo will leverage his deep customer and industry relationships in the US to convert current opportunities and build the operational and leadership footprint required for scale.


*Exercise Trident Spectre is the technology proving ground for US Special Operations Command (US SOCOMM) and Naval Special Warfare Command.

Media Contact: Kate Hines,, +61 413 070 925

About Silentium Defence Pty Ltd

Silentium Defence is a global leader in passive radar systems for tactical and strategic surveillance. A disruptive technology, designed and developed in Australia, Silentium’s MAVERICK passive radars enable customers to ‘see without being seen’ across sea, air, land, and space. Fast, safe, and cost effective to deploy, Silentium’s radars have no electromagnetic signature, are covert in operation, easily adapt to mission requirements and provide an undeniable advantage in any domain. Situational awareness, anytime, anywhere, to protect what matters. Learn more:

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