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SA looks for more defence and space opportunities

Launch of rocket to test hypersonic speed at more than five times the speed of sound, Woomera. Image via Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.

South Australia’s Minister for Defence and Space Industries will take part in the American Chamber of Commerces (AmCham) defence and aerospace program while on a business mission in the US.

The AmCham program includes further work with key US defence and space companies, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin and NASA. It follows earlier meetings in Adelaide at the recent Space Congress on ground-breaking innovations in defence and aerospace technology, from submarines to satellites.

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The US business program will also feature an investment roundtable on Wall Street with presentations by the state’s Investment Attraction agency. Investors will be showcased new opportunities in SA including defence, space and cyber security.

Martin Hamilton-Smith will also explore opportunities for jobs growth and global supply chain work in aerospace and unmanned aerial system projects, including Boeing’s P-8 Poseidon spiral program and Lockheed Martin’s F35-Joint Strike Fighter program.

Minister Hamilton-Smith said the timing of the mission will leverage the recent investments made in the state.

"South Australia has secured some high-profile US investments recently, including Tesla, Boeing and Buddy Platform, which combined will create an estimated 330 local jobs," the minister said.

"This mission is a timely opportunity to leverage these relationships and boost awareness of the many investment opportunities our state offers.

"South Australia is fast-becoming a hub of high-tech applications and ground-breaking technology, including unmanned aerial systems, cyber intelligence and space innovation. It is important we continue the momentum and explore new supply chain opportunities and capitalise on upcoming defence projects to create new jobs and investment in the state."

SA looks for more defence and space opportunities
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