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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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An image of a mine roller trial.
During standard operations within the Middle East in 2011, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) became aware of an emerging threat in the region that was able to ruin any mariners’ day with little to no warning!
Advanced tactical booster technology
DST Group has established a strong collaborative research program with the US to progress the development of a number of tactical booster technologies for future high performance defence applications.
An officer, wearing protective material, examines a hazardous box as part of a safety demonstration.
Our Structures Threat Analysis Team was formed in response to an urgent need to support the numerous civilian government agencies who find themselves faced with the threat of terrorist attack.
Picture of the Armidale Class Patrol Boat replacement, HMAS Launceston, at sea.
Air, land and sea vehicles
The SEA1179 Phase 2A Patrol Boat Replacement (PB-R) is a high priority project that is seeking to replace the current Armidale Class Patrol Boats.
Image of a SeaHawk Helicopter. Replacements will be the Seahawk "Romeo" helicopters.
Air, land and sea vehicles
DST Group is providing science and technology (S&T) support to the program to replace the current 16 S-70B-2 Seahawk ‘Classic’ helicopters.
Picture of a Poseidon P-8A aircraft on a runway, an integral maritime patrol aircraft
Air, land and sea vehicles
Phase 2B of Project AIR 7000 will acquire a manned Maritime Patrol Aircraft system capable of performing maritime patrol and response tasks.
Picture of HMAS Sydney (ANZAC Class) at anchor near Pulau Tioman, Malaysia during Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD 2014.
Air, land and sea vehicles

DST is providing science and technology support to project SEA 5000, which involves the acquisition of a fleet of eight new frigates.

A computer generated image of the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD).
Air, land and sea vehicles
SEA 4000 the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) program is the largest naval project to date and will deliver three highly capable air warfare ships and their support systems.
Image of HMAS Huon recovering its Double Eagle Unmanned Underwater Vehicle following a successful mine shape identification during a Mine Counter Measures and Hydrography exercise.
Autonomous systems
Deployable Mine Counter Measures (MCM) will provide deployed maritime forces with the capability to undertake mine detection, classification, identification, avoidance and, when necessary, neutralisation.
Picture of the Collins Class Submarine Replacement, HMAS Waller
Air, land and sea vehicles
Project SEA 1439 Phase 4A is acquiring a Replacement Combat System (RCS) and its associated support infrastructure for the Collins Class Submarine.