Australia’s Minister for Defence Industry last night spoke with her United Kingdom counterpart about Australian Defence capabilities, exports and offerings, as well as the importance of working with key partners during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
FILE PHOTO: A 1RAR soldier dismounts a Bushmaster equipped with a protected weapon station (PWS) to fire the 84mm rocket launcher. Photo by Corporal Jamie Osborne.
Minister Melisa Price she spoke with pride spoke to the UK’s Minister for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin about Australia’s defence sector working extremely hard to keep their businesses operating safely throughout COVID-19.
“Rather than slowing down or stopping defence capability programs, Australian industry has safely adapted their work routines and safety practices to enable business to continue,” she said.
“We also discussed the Hunter-class frigate program – the largest defence acquisition Australia has undertaken in partnership with the UK.
“I reaffirmed Australia’s commitment to this program and emphasised the opportunities for our two countries to continue to work together on our frigate programs.
“The conversation was a great opportunity to discuss the support available to Australian industry to export, particularly to markets like the UK.
“I emphasised the world-leading capability offered by the Bushmaster and asked Minister Quin to keep me updated on the UK’s Multi-Role Vehicle-Protected Program.
“We are both looking forward to further discussions when we reconvene the Australia-UK Defence industry Dialogue later this year.”
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