Dstl's work and facilities

Explore Dstl’s science and technology work by subject area and find out about our specialist services and facilities.

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) provides world-class science and technology expertise for the UK’s security and defence.

Capability areas

We work with industry, academia and government to make sure the UK has the right defence science and technology capabilities, and to deliver work for our customers in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the rest of government.

Our 22 capabilities are:

  • Above Water Systems
  • Advanced Materials
  • AI and Data Science
  • Air Systems
  • CBR
  • Communications and Networks
  • Cyber
  • Electromagnetic Activities
  • Explosives and Energy
  • Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism Systems
  • Human and Social Sciences
  • Information Systems
  • Land Systems
  • Operational Research
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Sensing
  • Space Systems
  • Science and Technology Futures and Incubator
  • Strategic Systems
  • Survivability
  • Underwater Systems
  • Weapons

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Defence Science and Technology Portfolio

These programmes and projects will be delivered by Dstl, industry and academia from 2022 onwards to meet the MOD’s capability needs.

Services and facilities

Our specialist facilities are available for use by other government departments and non-government organisations.

The Science Inside

Snapshot of the impactful projects the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory has delivered for UK defence and security over the past year.

Published 1 July 2014
Last updated 15 November 2022 + show all updates
  1. Added the latest edition of The Science Inside, Dstl's round up of science and technology impact over the past year.

  2. Updated to include full list of science and technology capabilities, and link to updated Sensing capability information.

  3. Added updated weapons capability.

  4. Added updated robotics and autonomous systems capability.

  5. Added AI and data science capability

  6. Information Systems Programme added.

  7. Programme list updated. The Defence Agility, Adaptability and Cost Reduction Programme has been replaced with the Emerging Technology for Defence Programme.

  8. Updated list of programmes

  9. Removed Dstl accounts

  10. Added the Destructor Complex to Dstl's facilities

  11. First published.