Enabling Technologies

A strong focus of DMTC’s work for our Defence customer over the decade has been to enhance platform-independent technologies and underpinning supply chains.

DMTC’s Enabling Technologies Program uses a range of evolving technologies from leading Australian research to derive industrial outcomes, seeking to deliver both reductions in manufacturing time and cost and maintain or enhance quality and performance.

A major theme in the Program is work on advanced composites and functional materials, to characterise and assess the performance of a range of hybrid composite material candidates with regard to their potential adoption in the defence sector.

Composite materials are already widely used in the aerospace industry and in other sectors including automotive and infrastructure, however the rate of adoption in the defence sector to date has been far slower.

In August 2020, Defence released an Industry Plan for the sovereign industrial capability priority related to land combat and protected vehicle production and technology upgrades. The plan highlighted the design, development and industrialisation of survivability and signature reduction material technologies and processes as one of four critical industrial capabilities for Australia, to contribute to the availability and operational effectiveness of land combat and protected vehicle platforms.

The plan also identified future trends and technology evolutions, such as the development and study of new materials intended to reduce system and platform weight, and to enhance survivability and composite armour solutions for evolving ballistic and blast threats.

DMTC is well-positioned to contribute to Defence’s priorities in this area through the work of partners in the Enabling Technologies Program.