• DSTO’s rubber pilot plant manufacturing and testing facility is recognised to be the best of its kind in Australia.
    DSTO’s rubber pilot plant manufacturing and testing facility is recognised to be the best of its kind in Australia.
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DSTO has recently reinstated its capabilities to undertake research on rubber-based materials.

A key focus of the research work being undertaken is on the development of next-generation anechoic material and radar absorbing material.

One problem has already been solved—a method to upscale the rubber production process for radar absorbing material from successful lab-based work to full-scale manufacturing.

The rubber lab has also proved useful as a source of support and advice to the Australian Defence Force on rubber-related issues.

In response to a persistent problem reported by the RAAF, the researchers undertook to develop, manufacture and characterise a suite of new products.

This work, undertaken in a secure environment, delivered outcomes in a greatly reduced time span than would have otherwise occurred.

DSTO’s rubber pilot plant manufacturing and testing facility is recognised to be the best of its kind in Australia.

The achievement of this level of capability within the span of the past two years is also remarkable given the limited specialist advice available following the marked decline of the rubber industry in Australia.

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