DefendTex carries out research and development in weapons systems with both Australian and international research partners, including universities, Cooperative Research Centres and Government.

DefendTex is currently undertaking research across a broad range of portfolio areas including: aerospace, energetic materials, robotics, hypersonics and rocketry, armour, radar and sensors.

DefendTex was awarded two Federal Government Cooperative Research Centre Programme (CRC-P) grants to undertake research into Hypersonics in partnership with University and additive manufacturing of energetic materials in collaboration with the Australian Government Department of Defence Science and Technology Group.

Technological edge for defence in DefendTex partnership

Defence will invest research into energetic materials and systems in a collaboration agreement announced by the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, which will help build Australian industry capability in the small business sector. Defence Science and Technology (DST) and DefendTex signed a 30-month agreement for research into energetic materials and systems. Minister Pyne said through this new agreement signed in Adelaide, new technologies will be investigated for high performance solid rocket propellants, as well as new systems for delivery of weapons, giving Defence the technological edge for the future.

“Our small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are key to building Australia’s sovereign industry capability through innovation and I welcome this new agreement with DefendTex,” Minister Pyne said. “Partnerships with SMEs like DefendTex offer new opportunities for Defence to draw on the untapped expertise of the small business sector. The agreement also involves a staff exchange and secondment program that will help industry skilling by sharing knowledge and expertise.