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A HIFiRE4 hypersonic test, with the rocket launching into the night sky.
A HIFiRE4 hypersonic test, with the rocket launching into the night sky.

Enhancing Australia’s national security

UQ Defence: partnering for sovereign capability and national resilience imperatives.

Our shared vision

Ensuring Australia’s national security through sovereign manufacturing and defence capability requires a collective partnership across government, university and industry.

As Queensland’s largest and most comprehensive university, The University of Queensland is well-placed to contribute its research, infrastructure and expertise to help achieve these strategic priorities.

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What we offer

Supporting mission critical priorities

  • Sustainment
  • Agile command and control
  • Operating in CBRN environments
  • National defence workforce
  • Defence and national security policy

Global research and development facilities

  • Centre for Hypersonics
  • Australian Program Office for Advanced Hypersonics
  • Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing
  • Ground testing facilities and analytical instrumentation

Leading defence capabilities

UQ has a proven track record in delivering transformative outcomes and solutions. It is underpinned by world-leading science, engineering, medical and social science expertise.

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Hypersonics and space

  • Space propulsion and planetary entry
  • High-speed vehicle science and technology
  • High temperature materials and testing technology
  • Near earth observation technologies
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Secure quantum communications for space
  • Microwave and antennas
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Advanced materials

  • Infield repair
  • 3D metal printing
  • Fabrication technology
  • Composite materials
  • Anti-corrosion water technology and management
  • AI
  • Electrical and computer engineering
  • High energy materials for platform countermeasures and pyrotechnics
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Intelligent technologies

  • Organic photonics and precision, navigation and timing
  • Advanced sensors
  • CBRN detection and prevention
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Medical countermeasures
  • Plume modelling and toxicity
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Human sciences

  • Human cognition
  • Neuroscience
  • Decision-making
  • C2
  • Organisational culture
  • Management and leadership
  • Ethics and law of trusted autonomous systems
  • Responsible automated decision-making
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Information systems

  • Cyber security and information warfare
  • Advanced computational technologies
  • AI
  • Quantum communications
  • Quantum key distribution

Who we work with


We partner with:

  • Australian Defence Force
  • BAE Systems
  • Black Sky Aerospace
  • Boeing Defence Australia
  • Defence Science and Technology (DTSG)
  • Defence Materials Technology Centre
  • Gilmour Space
  • Hypersonix Launch Systems
  • Joint Health Command
  • Lockheed Martin Australia
  • MBDA
  • Stryder Defence
  • Thales Australia
  • Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence CRC


UQ also collaborates with key US partners:

  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) project
  • NASA
  • University Consortium of Applied Hypersonics (UCAH)
  • US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
  • US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
  • US Devcom Army Research Laboratory (ARL)
  • US Office of Naval Research (ONR)

Partner with us


Dr Greta Nabbs-Keller
Associate Director, Defence, Space & National Security
Program Director, Australian Program Office for Advanced Hypersonics (APOAH), The University of Queensland