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Australia’s new sovereign hypersonic capability

BAE is expected to invest another $5 million throughout 2021 to research creating an Australian-based hypersonic missile capability.

BAE is expected to invest another $5 million throughout 2021 to research creating an Australian-based hypersonic missile capability.

BAE Systems Australia confirmed on Tuesday that it is looking to develop Australian based hypersonic weapons capabilities.

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Dubbed “Project Javelin”, BAE Systems is looking to leverage Australia’s existing academic and industry knowledge to develop an Australian hypersonic capability. This announcement comes following $11 million of investment into researching hypersonics in Australia over the last 10 years.

BAE Systems will invest $5 million to expedite hypersonic research over the coming year, and is hoping to support the Australian Defence Force’s missile capabilities.

In addition to the weapons systems, BAE outlined that it would also be investing in defensive capabilities against these weapons systems.

Gabby Costigan, CEO of BAE Systems Australia welcomed the announcement.

“That Australia has a solid foundation of research built over decades means that the rapid integration of newly developed weapons into the force structure is achievable,” Costigan said.

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“BAE Systems has a rich history of working closely with defence companies and defence customers around the world, particularly US primes on weapons programs.

“Australia’s future investment in high-speed weapons systems, including hypersonic long-range strike and hypersonic and ballistic missile defence, provides the opportunity for the nation to create an enduring sovereign capability and position the country as a major global contributor in this disruptive technology field.

“It’s so important that the Intellectual Property of new weapons technologies resides with Australia so that as well as developing a sovereign capability, we can continue our work to evolve these technologies over time.”

[Related: US Department of Defense presents hypersonics strategy]

Liam Garman

Liam Garman

Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Liam began his career as a speech writer at New South Wales Parliament before working for world leading campaigns and research agencies in Sydney and Auckland. Throughout his career, Liam has managed and executed a range of international media and communications campaigns spanning politics, business, industrial relations and infrastructure. He’s since shifted his attention to researching and writing extensively on geopolitics and defence, specifically in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney and is undertaking a Masters in Strategy and Security from UNSW Canberra.
 
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