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Through our research activities, we produce ground-breaking and innovative science that supports Australia's defence and national security capabilities..

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Air, land and sea vehicles
With increasing pressure to reduce carbon emissions, maintain fuel security and ensure greater sustainability, biofuels are receiving growing attention.
An image of a man reading the Defence White Paper.

DSTG has representatives embedded in the White Paper team to contribute science & technology input to the paper, as well as to the Force Structure Review.

A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft from No. 2 Squadron taxis out from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, during Exercise Red Flag Alaska 12-2.

DST contribution to the RAAF Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) capability began with the original operational requirements studies.

Small Unmanned Aerial System (SUAS)
Autonomous systems
Project LAND 129 Phase 4 is being developed for First Pass consideration in 2015.
A convoy of land vehicles drive across a desert.
Air, land and sea vehicles
Joint Project 2097 Phase 1B seeks to enhance two high priority Special Operations (SO) capabilities.
Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defence

DSTG provides science and technology (S&T) support to improve the Australian Defence Force (ADF) chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defence capability through the protection of personnel from the strategic, tactical and physiological impacts of exposure to toxic chemicals and materials and CBRN weapons.

Combat ration pack
Human science

DST Group supports the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) in the science and technology (S&T) areas of food and nutrition, and in specialised food production.

Armidale Class Patrol Boat, HMAS Maitland (foreground) in formation during Exercise Kakadu.
Air, land and sea vehicles
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) operates 14 Armidale Class Patrol Boats (ACPBs).
Soldier combat ensemble
Human science

DST makes a vital contribution to the enhancement of the soldier combat ensemble through its role as a member of Diggerworks.

maritime platforms
Electronic warfare
SEA 1442 is a multi-phase project to provide a maritime communications and information exchange architecture to meet the Australian Defence Force (ADF) requirements for Network Centric Warfare (NCW) in the maritime environment.