Defence issues solicitation for high-temperature structure research proposals

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The Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) has called on Australian industry, universities, and research firms to submit research proposals that would support the development of high-temperature and sub-assemblies. 

In a request for proposals issued Friday, DSTG said the solicitation is aimed at complementing parallel efforts in the field and supporting the development of sovereign industrial capability with specific elements and sub-assembly knowledge that will be crucial in supporting the construction of full-scale hypersonic platforms. 

The program is intended to support the strategies of the Australian defence and national security community with regard to sovereign hypersonic materials and manufacturing capability. 

It will also seek to develop a national capability to collaborate and conduct research that supports the design, fabrication, and testing of critical sub-assemblies at a representative scale. 

Collaborations formed under the RFP will support future researchers on the assembly of high-temperature structures, as well as the development of critical capability associated with larger-scale fabrication. 

Research proposals must also highlight capability and infrastructure gaps to be filled in across the process of building a mature end-to-end capability. 

Interested entities have until 9 September to submit their proposals to DMTC.