Defence explores options for Space Electronic Warfare

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The Hon Peter Dutton MP

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29 July 2021

The Morrison Government has established Defence Project 9358 to explore options for the acquisition of a ground-based Space Electronic Warfare capability.

The 2020 Defence Strategic Update highlighted that assured access to the space domain is critical to warfighting effectiveness. A Space Electronic Warfare capability, as part of the Australian Defence Force’s approach to space control, seeks to detect and deter attempts to interfere with, or attack, our use of the space domain.

The 2020 Force Structure Plan called for the development of options to enhance ADF space control through capabilities to counter emerging space threats to Australia’s free use of the space domain.

Space Electronic Warfare is a capability that does not create debris or damage the space environment. Defence supports efforts to promote international norms, transparency and cooperation in upholding responsible behaviour in space.

Defence will explore options for a Space Electronic Warfare capability and provide recommendations for a decision by the Government. This capability would help assure Australia’s continued access to space-based communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

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