Defence laboratories

The Tracker has identified over 160 laboratories in civilian universities that were primarily established to work on defence science and technology.

Most of these defence laboratories fall into one of three categories: national defence science and technology key laboratories, national defence key discipline laboratories or Ministry of Education national defence key laboratories.

Defence laboratories are often not transparent about their defence links, omitting references to national defence in translations of their names. In all cases, official translations have been used when possible.

Please see the relevant university’s entry for sources and further information about each laboratory.

National defence science and technology key laboratories (国防科技重点实验室) in civilian universities

University Lab Name
Harbin Institute of Technology National Key Laboratory of Science and Technology on Tunable Laser (可调谐(气体)激光国防科技重点实验室/可调谐(气体)激光技术国家级重点实验室)
National Key Laboratory of Science and Technology on Advanced Composites in Special Environments (特种环境复合材料技术国家级重点实验室/特种环境复合材料技术国防科技重点实验室)
National Defense Science and Technology Key Lab for Space Materials Behavior and Evaluation (空间环境材料行为与评价技术国家级重点实验室/空间环境材料行为及评价技术国防科技重点实验室)
National Key Laboratory for Precision Hot Forming of Metals (金属精密热加工国家级重点实验室/金属精密热加工国防科技重点实验室)
Harbin Engineering University National Key Laboratory of Underwater Acoustic Technology (水声技术国防科技重点实验室/水声技术国家重点实验室)
National Defense Key Laboratory of Underwater Vehicles Technology (水下机器人技术国防科技重点实验室/水下机器人技术国家级重点实验室)
Beijing Institute of Technology State Key Laboratory of Vehicle Transmission (车辆传动国防科技重点实验室/车辆传动国家级重点实验室)
State Key Laboratory of Science and Technology on Materials under Shock and Impact (冲击环境材料技术国家级重点实验室/冲击环境材料技术国防重点实验室)
State Key Laboratory of Mechatronical Engineering and Control (机电工程与控制国家级重点实验室/机电工程与控制国防科技重点实验室)Jointly run with Norinco Group’s 212nd Research Institute
State Key Laboratory of Explosion Science and Technology (爆炸科学与技术国家重点实验室)
Science and Technology on Electromechanical Dynamic Control Laboratory (机电动态控制国防科技重点实验室/机电动态控制重点实验室)
Beihang University National Key Laboratory of Aero-thermodynamics of Aero-engines (航空发动机气动热力国防重点实验室/航空发动机气动热力国家重点实验室)
National Key Laboratory of Science and Technology on Aircraft Control (飞行器控制一体化技术国家级科技重点实验室/飞行器控制一体化技术国防科技重点实验室)
National Key Laboratory of Reliability and Environmental Engineering Technology (可靠性与环境工程技术国防科技重点实验室)
National Laboratory for Computational Fluid Dynamics (国家计算流体力学实验室/计算流体力学国防科技重点实验室)Jointly established with the PLA’s China Aerodynamics Research and Development Center
Inertial Technology Key Laboratory of National Defense Science and Technology (惯性技术国防科技重点实验室)Jointly Established with China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation’s 3rd Academy’s 33rd Research Institute
Northwestern Polytechnical University State Key Laboratory for Solidification Processing (凝固技术国家重点实验室)
State Key Laboratory of UAV Special Technology (无人机特种技术国家重点实验室/无人机特种技术国防科技重点实验室)
State Key Laboratory for Underwater Information and Control (水下信息与控制重点实验室/水下信息处理与控制国防科技重点实验室)Jointly run with China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation’s 705th Research Institute
Science and Technology on Thermostructural Composite Materials Laboratory (超高温结构复合材料重点实验室/超高温结构复合材料国防科技重点实验室)
Science and Technology on Combustion, Internal Flow and Thermo-structure Laboratory (燃烧、热结构与内流场重点实验室/固体火箭发动机燃烧、热结构与内流场国防科技重点实验室)Jointly run with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation’s 4th Academy’s 41st Research Institute
State Key Laboratory of Aerodynamic Design and Research (翼型、叶栅空气动力学国家级重点实验室 / 翼型、叶栅空气动力学国防科技重点实验室)
National Defense Key Laboratory of Torpedo Guidance Technology (鱼雷制导技术国防科技重点实验室)Jointly run with the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation’s 705th Research Institute
National Key Laboratory of Aerospace Flight Dynamics (航天飞行动力学技术重点实验室)
Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics State Key Laboratory of Rotorcraft Aeromechanics (直升机旋翼动力学国家级重点实验室/直升机旋翼动力学国防科技重点实验室)
State Key Laboratory of Helicopter Drive Technology (直升机传动技术国防科技重点实验室/直升机传动技术国家级重点实验室)Jointly run with the Aero Engine Corporation of China’s Hunan Aviation Power Plant Research Institute
Nanjing University of Science and Technology National Key Laboratory of Transient Physics (瞬态物理国家重点实验室) or National Defense Key Laboratory of Science and Technology on Trajectory (弹道国防科技重点实验室)
Shenzhen University National Laboratory of Automatic Target Recognition (ATR国防科技重点实验室智能信息处理研究室)
Hunan University of Science and Technology National Defense Science and Technology Key Laboratory of Protective Materials and Equipment Manufacturing Technology (防护材料与装备制造技术国防科技重点实验室)
Changchun University of Science and Technology State Key Laboratory of High Power Semiconductor Laser (高功率半导体激光国家重点实验室 / 高功率半导体激光国防科技重点实验室)
University of Electronic Science and Technology National Key Laboratory of Science and Technology on Vacuum Electronics (微波电真空器件国家级重点实验室/大功率微波电真空器件技术国防科技重点实验室)Jointly run with China Electronics Technology Group Corporation’s 12th Research Institute
National Key Laboratory of Science and Technology on Communication / National Anti-interference Communication Technology Lab (战术通信抗干扰技术国防科技重点实验室/通信抗干扰技术国家级重点实验室)
North University of China National Key Laboratory for Electronic Measurement Technology (电子测试技术国防科技重点实验室/电子测试技术国家重点实验室)Jointly run with China Electronics Technology Group Corporation’s 41st Research Institute
Xidian University National Lab of Radar Signal Processing(雷达信号处理国家重点实验室/雷达信号处理国防科技重点实验室)
National Key Laboratory of Antennas and Microwave Technology (天线与微波技术国防科技重点实验室/天线与微波技术重点实验室)Jointly run with China Electronics Technology Group Corporation’s 14th Research Institute
Central South University National Key Laboratory of Science and Technology for National Defence on High-strength Structural Materials (轻质高强结构材料国防科技重点实验室)
State Key Laboratory for Powder Metallurgy (粉末冶金国防重点实验室/粉末冶金国家重点实验室)
Huazhong University of Science and Technology State Key Lab of Multi-spectral Image Information Processing Technology (多谱图像信息处理技术国防科技重点实验室/多谱信息处理技术国防科技重点实验室)
Peking University National Key Laboratory of Science and Technology on Micro/Nano Fabrication (微米/纳米加工技术国防科技重点实验室)
Shanghai Jiaotong University (joint laboratory)

National defence key discipline laboratories (国防重点学科实验室) in civilian universities

University Lab
Harbin Institute of Technology National Defence Key Laboratory of Micro and Small-Scale Spacecraft Technology (微小型航天器技术实验室国防重点学科实验室)
National Defence Key Laboratory of Satellite Laser Communications Technology (卫星激光通信技术实验室国防重点学科实验室)
National Defence Key Laboratory of Deep-space Probe Landing and Return Control Technology (深空探测着陆与返回控制技术国防重点学科实验室
National Defence Key Laboratory of Spaceflight Space Structure and Control Technology (宇航空间机构及控制技术国防重点学科实验室)
Harbin Engineering University National Defense Key Subject Laboratory for Nuclear Safety and Simulation Technology (核安全与仿真技术国防重点学科实验室)
Multi-hull Ship Technology Key Laboratory of Fundamental Science for National Defence (多体船技术国防重点学科实验室)
Beijing Institute of Technology Key Laboratory of Fundamental Science for Advanced Machining (先进加工技术国防重点学科实验室)
Fundamental Science on Multiple Information Systems Laboratory (多元信息系统国防重点学科实验室)
Fundamental Science on Vehicular Power System Laboratory (军用车辆动力系统技术国防重点学科实验室/车辆动力系统技术国防重点学科实验室)
Beihang University Key Laboratory of Fundamental Science for National Defense-Novel Inertial Instrument & Navigation System Technology (新型惯性仪表与导航系统技术国防重点学科实验室)
National Defence Key Discipline Laboratory of Ergonomics and Environmental Control (人机工效与环境控制国防重点学科实验室)
National Defence Key Discipline Laboratory of Trusted Network Computing Technology (可信网络计算技术国防重点学科实验室)
Northwestern Polytechnical University Fundamental Science on Aircraft Structural Mechanics and Strength Laboratory (飞行器结构力学与强度技术国防重点学科实验室)
New Concept of Jet Propulsion Technology Key Laboratory (新概念喷气推进技术国防重点学科实验)
Key Laboratory for Space Biosciences and Biotechnology(空间生物实验模拟技术国防重点学科实验室)
Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics Ministerial Key Discipline Laboratory of Precision Driving Technology (精密驱动技术国防重点学科实验室)
Ministerial Key Discipline Laboratory of Advanced Design Technology of Aircraft (飞行器先进设计技术国防重点学科实验室)
Nanjing University of Science and Technology Ministerial Key Laboratory of ZNDY [Smart Munition] (智能弹药技术国防重点学科实验室)
Key Discipline Laboratory of Defense of Short-range and High-speed Target Detection Technology (近程高速目标探测技术国防学科重点实验室)
Sichuan University Key Laboratory of Fundamental Synthetic Vision Graphics and Image for National Defense (视觉合成图形图像技术国防重点学科实验室)
Hunan University National Defense Key Discipline Laboratory of Electric Power Drive and Servo Technology (电力驱动与伺服技术国防重点学科实验室/电力驱动与伺服技术重点实验室)
Changchun University of Science and Technology Key Laboratory of Fundamental Science for National Defense of Space-Ground Laser Communication Technology (空地激光通信技术国防重点学科实验室)
University of Electronic Science and Technology Fundamental Science on EHF [Extremely High Frequencies] Laboratory (极高频复杂系统国防重点学科实验室)
North University of China Underground Target Damage Technology National Defense Key Subject Laboratory (地下目标毁伤技术国防重点学科实验室)
Xidian University National Key Discipline Laboratory of Wide Band-gap Semiconductor (宽带隙半导体技术国防重点学科实验室)
Shenyang Aerospace University Key Laboratory of Fundamental Science for National Defence of Aeronautical Digital Manufacturing Process (航空制造工艺数字化国防重点学科实验室)
Yanshan University Key Laboratory of Fundamental Science of Mechanical Structure and Materials Science Under Extreme Conditions for National Defense (极端条件下机械结构和材料科学国防重点学科实验室)
Hangzhou Dianzi University Fundamental Science on Communication Information Transmission and Fusion Technology Laboratory (通信信息传输与融合技术国防重点学科实验室)
Southwest University of Science and Technology Fundamental Science on Nuclear Wastes and Environmental Safety Laboratory (核废物与环境安全国防重点学科实验室)
Nanjing University Electromagnetic Wave Characteristic Information Control and Applied Technology Defense Key Laboratory (电磁波特征信息调控与应用技术国防重点学科实验室)
Chongqing University Defense Key Disciplines Lab of Novel Micro-nano Devices and System Technology (新型微纳器件与系统技术国防重点学科实验室)
University of South China Key Discipline Laboratory for National Defence for Biotechnology in Uranium Mining and Hydrometallurgy (铀矿冶生物技术国防重点学科实验室)
East China University of Technology Fundamental Science on Radioactive Geology and Exploration Technology Laboratory (放射性地质与勘探技术国防重点学科实验室)
Shanghai Jiaotong University Defense Key Disciplines Laboratory of Ship Equipment Noise and Vibration Control Technology (船舰设备噪声与振动控制技术国防重点学科实验室)
Peking University Radiochemistry and Radiation Chemistry Key Laboratory for Fundamental Science (放射化学与辐射化学国防重点学科实验室)
Tsinghua University Key Laboratory of High Energy Radiation Imaging Fundamental Science for National Defense (高能辐射成像国防重点学科实验室)

Ministry of Education national defence key (教育部国防重点实验室 or 教育部重点实验室(B类)) laboratories

University Lab name
Northwestern Polytechnical University Key Laboratory of Information Fusion, Ministry of Education (信息融合技术教育部重点实验室(B类))
Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Radar Imaging and Microwave Photonics (雷达成像与微波光子技术教育部重点实验室(B类))
Beijing Institute of Technology Key Laboratory of Electronic Information Technology in Satellite Navigation, Ministry of Education (卫星导航电子信息技术教育部重点实验室(B类))
Sichuan University Key Laboratory of Advanced Special Materials and New Preparation and Processing Technology (Ministry of Education) (先进特种材料及制备加工新技术教育部重点实验室(B类))
Key Laboratory of High Energy Density Physics and Technology (Ministry of Education) (高能量密度物理及技术教育部重点实验室(B类))
Xi’an Jiaotong University Ministry of Education Key Laboratory for Aircraft Engine XXXX (航空发动机XXXX教育部重点实验室(B类)) or Ministry of Education Key Laboratory for Aircraft Engine Health Management (航空发动机健康管理教育部重点实验室)
MOE Key Laboratory for Multifunctional Materials and Structures (多功能材料与结构教育部重点实验室(B类))
Ministry of Education Key Laboratory for Special Electrical Technology (特种电气技术教育部重点实验室(B类))
Wuhan University MOE Key Laboratory of Aerospace Information Security and Trusted Computing (空天信息安全与可信计算教育部重点实验室(B类)/空天信息安全与可信计算教育部国防重点实验室)
Key Laboratory of Satellite Navigation and Positioning, Ministry of Education (卫星导航与定位教育部重点实验室(B类))
Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education Space Robotics (空间机器人技术教育部重点实验室 (B类)/ 空间机器人技术教育部国防重点实验室)
Ministry of Education Key Laboratory on Network and Information Attack and Defense Technology网络与信息攻防技术教育部重点实验室 (B类))
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China Key Laboratory of Integrated Electronic System, Ministry of Education (综合电子系统技术教育部重点实验室 (B类))
State Key Lab of ETFID (光电探测与传感集成技术教育部重点实验室(B类))
Multi-Spectrum Absorbing Materials & Structures, Ministry of Education (多频谱吸波材料与结构教育部重点实验室 (B类))
Xidian University Key Laboratory of Electronic Information Countermeasure and Simulation Technology, Ministry of Education (电子信息攻防对抗与仿真技术教育部重点实验室/电子信息攻防对抗与仿真技术”教育部重点实验室(B类))
Key Laboratory of High-Speed Circuit Design and EMC, Ministry of Education (超高速电路设计与电磁兼容教育部重点实验)
Tianjin University Key Laboratory for Advanced Fuel and Chemical Propellant of Ministry of Education (先进燃料教育部重点实验室(B类) or 先进燃料与化学推进剂教育部重点实验室)
Key Laboratory of Micro-Optical-Electro-Mechanical System Technology (微光机电系统技术教育部重点实验室(B类))
South China University of Technology Key Laboratory of High-efficiency Near-net-shape Forming Technology and Equipments for Metallic Materials, Ministry of Education (金属材料高效近净成形技术与装备教育部重点实验室(B类))
Sun Yat-sen University Key Laboratory of Information Science, Ministry of Education (信息领域教育部重点实验室(B类))
Northeastern University Key Laboratory of Aerodynamic Equipment Vibration and Control, Ministry of Education (航空动力装备振动及控制教育部重点实验室(B类))
Huazhong University of Science and Technology MOE Key Laboratory of Functional Materials for Electronic Information (电子信息功能材料教育部重点实验室)
Key Laboratory of Gravity Navigation of Ministry of Education (重力导航教育部重点实验室)
Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Warship Power Electronics and Energy Management (舰船电力电子与能量管理教育部重点实验室)
Key Laboratory of Pulsed Power Technology (脉冲功率技术教育部重点实验室)
Jilin University Key Laboratory of High-performance Plastics, Ministry of Education (特种工程塑料教育部重点实验室(B类))
Key Laboratory of Attack and Defense Simulation Technology for Naval Warfare, Ministry of Education (海战场攻防对抗仿真技术教育部重点实验室(B类))
Hangzhou Dianzi University Key Laboratory of Complex Systems Modeling and Simulation, Ministry of Education (复杂系统建模与仿真教育部重点实验室(B类))
Shandong University Key Laboratory of Functional Crystal Materials and Device (Shandong University), Ministry of Education (功能晶体材料及器件教育部重点实验室(B类))
MOE Key Laboratory of Special Aggregated Materials (特种功能聚集体材料教育部重点实验室(B类))
Key Laboratory of Laser and Infrared System Integration Technology of the Ministry of Education (激光与红外系统集成技术教育部重点实验室(B类))
Shanghai Jiaotong University MOE Key Laboratory of Hydrodynamics (水动力学教育部重点实验室(B类))
Dalian University of Technology Key Laboratory for Precision and Non-Traditional Machine Technology (“精密/特种加工及微制造技术”教育部重点实验室(B类))
Lanzhou University Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Special Function Materials and Structure Design ( 特殊功能材料与结构设计教育部重点实验室(B类))
University of Science and Technology Beijing Key Laboratory of Corrosion and Protection (MOE) (腐蚀与防护教育部重点实验室(B类))
Fudan University Special Materials and Technology National Defence Key Laboratory (专用材料与技术国防重点实验室)
Southeast University MOE Key Laboratory of Micro-Inertial Instrument and Advanced Navigation Technology (微惯性仪表与先进导航技术教育部重点实验室(B类))
Key Laboratory of Underwater Acoustic Signal Processing of Ministry of Education (水声信号处理教育部重点实验室(B类))
Tsinghua University Precision Instrument Systems and Intelligent Micro Systems Ministry of Education Key Laboratory (B-category)  (精密仪器系的智能微系统教育部重点实验室 (B类))
Key Laboratory for High-precision Navigation Technology of Ministry of Education( 教育部“高精度导航技术”国防重点实验室)
Zhejiang University MOE Key Laboratory of High-Performance Embedded Computing (教育部高性能嵌入式计算重点实验室(B类))
MOE Key Laboratory of Aerospace Numerical Simulation and Verification  (航空航天数值模拟与验证教育部重点实验室(B类))
Unspecified MOE Key Laboratory that is likely in the College of Control Science and Engineering (浙江大学控制科学与工程学院)
Wuhan University of Technology Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education of Special Functional Materials Technology (特种功能材料技术教育部重点实验室(B类))
Key Laboratory of High Performance Ship Technology, Ministry of Education (高性能舰船技术教育部重点实验室(B类))
Nanjing University MOE Key Laboratory of High Performance Polymer Materials and Technology (高性能高分子材料与技术教育部重点实验室(B类))
Chongqing University Ministry of Education Key Laboratory for Complex Systems Safety and Autonomous Control (复杂系统安全与自主控制教育部重点实验室(B类))
Donghua University Key Laboratory of High Performance fibers & products,
Ministry of Education  (高性能纤维及制品教育部重点实验室(B类))
Tongji University Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Advanced Microstructure Materials  (先进微结构材料教育部重点实验室(B类))
China University of Geosciences Ministry of Education Key Laboratory on Geological Exploration and Evaluation (地质探测与评估教育部(B类)重点实验室)
Peking University Key Laboratory of High Energy Density Physics Simulation, Ministry of Education (高能量密度物理数值模拟教育部重点实验室)
Key Laboratory of Microelectronic Devices and Circuits, Ministry of Education (微电子器件与电路教育部重点实验室(B类))