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DSTO showcases new technologies for further development

22 September 2014
Media Release
Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert at the Land Forces 2014 event.
Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert at the Land Forces 2014 event.

DSTO is to pitch ten innovative technologies to industry for development or commercialisation at the Land Forces 2014 event which the Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, opened today.

The DSTO technologies include: a grenade launcher for non-lethal projectiles; a handheld device for detecting toxic chemical vapours; a digital video guard peripheral for secure internet transactions using any computer; a flexible, light-weight outer skeleton suit to reduce soldier fatigue; a ration pack chocolate bar using raw green banana starch to provide fibre plus energy for soldiers; and a device that harvests energy from vibrations to power sensors and electronics.

The Land Forces 2014 event includes DSTO’s inaugural Future Land Force Conference which begins on Wednesday 24 September at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The conference focuses on the role of science and technology in transforming the land force of the future.

Over 500 delegates will hear subject matter experts from Australia, USA, UK, Canada, Singapore and Norway speak on the challenges facing the future land forces.

See the media release at the Department of Defence website.