Australia's Department of Defence (DoD) has initiated a programme to engage with domestic industry and academia to develop advanced materials for military applications.
The DoD said on 5 June that it has selected seven research proposals from local entities to "develop and integrate advanced materials that will provide enhanced protection for military platforms".
The proposals include projects to develop new adhesives for joining high temperature structures; processes for integration and repair of different composite types; and the bonding of ceramic armour for enhanced protection against bullets and missiles.
Local entities to have been selected for the programme include Qinetiq Australia, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and the University of Southern Queensland.
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