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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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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.
Picture of a Submarine Launched Countermeasure Emulator (SLACE) vehicle is embarked onto HMAS Collins to distract torpedoes.

Australia and the United States Navy are in a partnership for the cooperative development, production, and through-life support of a replacement Heavyweight Torpedo (HWT).

An image of a man looking at a computer image the Collins Class replacement
Air, land and sea vehicles
SEA 1000 will provide Australia with a new and more potent defence capability with greater range, longer patrol endurance and increased capability compared with the Collins Class.
An aircraft with surveillance cameras mounted below it.
Surveillance and space
Project WASABI is a joint project being under taken by National Security and ISR Division.
A JSF model in DST Group's low-speed wind tunnel.
Air, land and sea vehicles
AIR 6000 aims to introduce a new air combat capability that will meet Australia's air combat needs out to 2030 and beyond.
F/A-18 FINAL Centre Barrel Fatigue Acceleration Test
Air, land and sea vehicles
Flaw IdeNtification through the Application of Loading (FINAL) involves applying simulated wing loads to the retired F/A-18 Hornet centre fuselage sections, known as centre-barrels (from the US Navy, Royal Canadian Air Force & RAAF) in a test rig.
C-130J-30 Hercules Full Scale Wing Fatigue Test Program
Air, land and sea vehicles
Following the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) acquisition of the Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Hercules, an extensive certification compliance finding program was undertaken in order to assess durability clearance for operations up to the projected planned withdrawal date.
A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules takes on cargo and fuel at Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan.
Air, land and sea vehicles
The repair of corrosion damage greatly prolongs aircraft maintenance, which costs money and reduces aircraft availability.
Infra-red suppression system
Air, land and sea vehicles
DST Group and GKN Aerospace Engineering Services Pty Ltd (GKNAES) has completed the detailed design for manufacture of an infra-red suppression system (IRSS) for the Australian Regular Army CH-47D.
A CH-47F helicopter takes off in Afghanistan.
Air, land and sea vehicles
Project AIR 9000 Phase 5C consists of the purchase and introduction into service of seven CH-47F medium lift helicopters to replace six CH-47D helicopters for the Australian Army.