Industry stakeholders have been invited to submit proposals for the ADF’s future medium-range air defence capability.
The Department of Defence has officially opened a request for proposal (RFP) for the Medium Range Ground Based Air Defence System.
The RFP aims to offer insight into potential capability, the availability of prospective assets, and an estimated timeline for delivery.
Key systems for consideration by the project include command and control systems, radars, and missile launchers.
The delivery of a Medium Range Ground Based Air Defence System is in addition to the Commonwealth government’s Sovereign Guided Weapons Enterprise.
The enterprise aims to address gaps outlined in the 2020 Defence Strategic Update by providing stakeholders, both SMEs and established primes, with opportunities in advanced manufacturing through the establishment of industry partnerships.
"The creation of the national guided weapons enterprise is a significant step and will ensure Defence's enduring ability to effectively deter and defeat threats against our national interests," Minister for Defence Peter Dutton said.
"To complement the enterprise, the government is also investing in a new Integrated Air and Missile Defence capability that will further improve the survivability of our deployed forces.
"Together, the government's investments in guided weapons, explosive ordnance, and air and missile defence capabilities will strengthen our shape, deter and respond mission and keep Australia safe."
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price noted the projects’ contribution to sovereign industrial capability.
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"These projects will seek to maximise Australian industry involvement, enabling opportunities to develop our local expertise, which will deliver a long-term boost to our sovereign defence capability," Minister Price said.