The government announced today it would invest $1 billion to commence the early development of advanced guided weapons to enhance Australia’s maritime security.
FILE PHOTO: HMAS Hobart fires an SM2 missile. Photo by Chief Petty Officer Cameron Martin.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said this significant commitment would modernise the Navy’s platforms to project and maintain sea control.
“This project will provide Navy with leading-edge long-range anti-ship missiles, extended range surface-to-air missiles, advanced light weight torpedoes, and maritime land strike capabilities,” Minister Reynolds said.
“With ranges in excess of 370 kilometres for anti-ship and surface-to-air missiles, and 1500 kilometres for maritime land strike missiles, these new weapons will enhance the protection of our maritime resources and borders, and hold adversaries at risk at much greater distances.
“This new investments will be made across the current and future submarine and surface-combatant fleets, to provide the Australian Defence Force with more options to protect Australia’s interests.
“These new capabilities will provide a strong, credible deterrent that will ensure stability and security in the region.
“The project also seeks opportunities to broaden Australia’s weapons manufacturing base, reinforcing our long-term commitment to Australian industry and delivering sovereign capabilities.
As part of SEA 1300, Defence will continue its long-term investment and key contribution to the Evolved Sea Sparrow Block 2 missile program, and commence investment in developing the Standard Missile 2 Block IIIC and the Standard Missile 6 Block 1, to meet Australia’s surface-to-air missile capability requirements.