Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price has unveiled four new Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities to enhance the warfighting capabilities of the Australian Defence Force.
According to Defence, the four new priority areas for defence industry are:
- Robotics, Autonomous Systems, and Artificial Intelligence;
- Precision Guided Munitions, Hypersonic weapons, and Integrated Air and Missile Defence Systems;
- Space; and
- Information Warfare and Cyber Capabilities.
Minister Price outlined that the new capabilities would enable Australia to meet the evolving demands of the current strategic environment, in line with Defence’s 2020 Defence Strategic Update and Force Structure Plan.
“The capabilities covered by these new Priorities are essential to maintaining the Australian Defence Force’s combat edge,” Minister Price said.
“The new additions are also focused on providing secure, long-term employment to Australians in 21st century industries and technologies.
“These priorities build on our existing work of providing guidance and support to industry to develop the critical industrial capabilities which are essential for the ADF.
“A strong partnership with industry is fundamental to developing Defence capabilities.
“The priorities announced today provide the necessary guidance to shape our sovereign industrial base.
“They will increase our self-reliance and contribute to the Australian economy as we continue our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Defence is expected to collaborate with industry in order to develop an Industry Plan to achieve developments in these critical fields.