• One new Priority area is 'Robotics, Autonomous Systems, and Artificial Intelligence'. (Defence)
    One new Priority area is 'Robotics, Autonomous Systems, and Artificial Intelligence'. (Defence)

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price has today announced four new Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities (Priorities) to 'help to build a robust, resilient and internationally competitive defence industry in Australia'.

The new Priorities are: 

  • Robotics, Autonomous Systems, and Artificial Intelligence;
  • Precision Guided Munitions, Hypersonic weapons, and Integrated Air and Missile Defence Systems;
  • Space; and
  • Information Warfare and Cyber Capabilities.

Minister Price said the additional Priorities reflected the changing strategic environment outlined in the 2020 Defence Strategic Update and Force Structure Plan.

“The capabilities covered by these new Priorities are essential to maintaining the Australian Defence Force’s combat edge,” Minister Price said.

“The new additions are also focused on providing secure, long-term employment to Australians in 21st century industries and technologies.

“The Priorities announced today provide the necessary guidance to shape our sovereign industrial base. 

“They will increase our self-reliance and contribute to the Australian economy as we continue our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Defence has said it will engage with industry partners to further refine these Priorities and develop Industry Plans. 

Any businesses working in these areas should contact Strategic.IndustryPolicy@defence.gov.au to register their interest in contributing to the development of these Plans.

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