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The Hon Richard Marles MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Defence
The Hon Pat Conroy MP
Minister for Defence Industry
Minister for International Development and the Pacific
29 August 2023
The Albanese Government is delivering two key air and missile defence capability projects, as it gets on with the job of implementing the recommendations of the Defence Strategic Review.
The Review makes clear that an enhanced, all-domain integrated air and missile defence capability is critical in the face of Australia’s evolving strategic circumstances.
As a part of its response, the Government has committed $765 million to deliver the Joint Air Battle Management System. This is the second tranche of what is expected to be a multibillion dollar program.
The Joint Air Battle Management System will support an enhanced, integrated and coordinated air and missile defence capability across the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and national infrastructure. It will provide greater situational awareness of advanced air and missile threats and increased interoperability with international partners.
Lockheed Martin Australia has been selected as the Strategic Partner for this project and will collaborate with other Australian defence industry partners, presenting significant workforce, technological, and integration opportunities for Australian industry.
The project is likely to generate up to 230 jobs, including for subcontractors, in high-tech areas including software development, systems engineering, project management and logistics. Around 150 jobs will be in South Australia, 60 in the NSW Hunter region, with others in Brisbane and Canberra.
The Albanese Government is also accelerating the ADF’s Medium-Range Ground-Based Air Defence capability, which will form part of a layered, integrated air missile defence capability. Options are currently being developed with several companies for Government consideration.
The Albanese Government is making the necessary investments to enhance the ADF and provide more coordinated and better integrated systems.
Quotes attributable to Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Richard Marles MP:
“The Albanese Government is working at pace to ensure the ADF is equipped with modernised capabilities that will allow it to transition into a genuine integrated force optimised for national defence, as we implement the findings of the Defence Strategic Review.
“The new Joint Air Battle Management System, and the Medium-Range Ground-Based Air Defence System will contribute effective capabilities as part of an integrated ADF. These capabilities are essential in our pursuit of preserving and protecting our sovereignty and security, while also promoting stability in our region.”
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Pat Conroy MP:
“This Government is maximising opportunities for Australian industry, including small and medium enterprises, as we deliver these important defence capabilities.
“I’m pleased to say today’s announcement will create a significant number of high-skilled secure defence industry jobs, boosting the local economy.”
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