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F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is billed as a catalyst for the fifth-generation revolution, changing the face and capability of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the wider Australian Defence Force (ADF).

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SEA 5000 Hunter Class Future Frigate

In June 2018, the Commonwealth government announced BAE Systems Australia as the successful tender for the $35 billion SEA 5000 Future Frigate program.

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SEA 1000 Attack Class Future Submarine

The Attack Class submarines will be delivered as part of the $50 billion SEA 1000 Future Submarine program.

Naval Group build 12 regionally-superior submarines to the Royal Australian Navy.

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LAND 400 P2 Boxer CRV

The $5.2 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 program will have Rheinmetall deliver 211 8x8 Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) to the Australian Army.

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LAND 400 P3 IFC APC

LAND 400 Phase 3 is a $10-15 billion Army program which will recapitalise Army’s Vietnam-era M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) force, with a combination of a tracked Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) and tracked APC.

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SEA 1180 Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessels

SEA 1180 Phase 1 OPVs will replace and improve upon the capability delivered by the 13 Armidale Class patrol boats by acquiring 12 new vessels, which will be known as the Arafura Class when they enter service from 2022.

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LAND 19 Short Range Ground Based Air Defence

Raytheon Australia in collaboration with Kongsberg will be responsible for delivering LAND 19 Phase 7 – a ground-based surface-to-air missile system with beyond-visual-range capability for the Australian Army.

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LAND 4503 Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter

The Australian Army is planning to replace the current fleet of EC665 Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters (ARH) from the mid-2020s, as identified in the 2016 Defence White Paper:

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LAND 8116 Protected Mobile Fires

Prime Minister Scott Morrison used the 2019 federal election to recommit the Commonwealth government to the acquisition of a locally-built and sustained self-propelled howitzer (SPH) artillery system for the Australian Army.

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