Land

The Australian Army needs to not just be ready to fight, but to equip its soldiers to survive, fight and win.

DMTC is a valued partner in enhancing Defence capabilities through technology enhancements, underpinning supply chain improvements and broader industrial capability outcomes. In all of these activities the Defence customer and the needs of the warfighter are kept at the centre of considerations.

With an internationally competitive Australian defence industry now recognised as a fundamental input to defence capability, DMTC’s work assists Australian defence industry to ensure its work is both world-class and cutting-edge.

In supporting the development of better, robust and smarter material to go into defence platforms, DMTC’s project teams have consistently proven, over the decade, to be an effective enabler and a trusted contributor to the technologies, capabilities and platforms that the Army needs.

DMTC’s Land Program focuses on improving materials used in land-based military systems by reducing weight to increase payload and mobility for soldiers and vehicles alike.

Researchers are developing power technologies and novel blast survivability concepts, and benchmarking these against existing vehicle systems to demonstrate the performance advantages. Research into functionally integrated soldier systems for the networked battlefield of the future is underway building on a decade of DMTC activity in body armour, helmets, textiles and power systems.

Innovative approaches that provide productivity enhancements in manufacturing or that reduce the cost of ownership by optimising maintenance practices are also high on the Army’s agenda. DMTC is working with industry to apply and extend research and development to deliver solutions in these areas identified as priorities by Defence for the land force of today and the future force.