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Australia inks $38m deal to kickstart domestic missile manufacturing

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The Albanese Government has announced a landmark contract worth $37.4 million between the Defence Department and Lockheed Martin Australia, aimed at commencing domestic production of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System.

This move marks a pivotal step towards establishing a self-sustained missile manufacturing industry in the country, a critical objective outlined in response to the Defence Strategic Review.

The contract will not only facilitate the production of an initial batch of GMLRS missiles within Australian borders but also serve as a catalyst for the transfer of essential technical data from the United States, the establishment of robust engineering certification processes, and the development of technical expertise among the Australian workforce.

In addition to the GMLRS missiles, the Australian Government has also confirmed the procurement of Precision Strike Missiles (PrSM). Both PrSM and GMLRS have the capability to engage targets at distances of up to 500 kilometers, making them a formidable addition to the nation’s defense arsenal.

These missiles can be launched from High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers, further enhancing their versatility and effectiveness.

This groundbreaking initiative is part of the $4.1 billion investment plan unveiled in response to the Defence Strategic Review, which aims to bolster the Australian Defence Force’s long-range strike capabilities and promote the in-country production of extended-range munitions.

Satisfaction and development

Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Richard Marles MP, expressed his satisfaction with the development, stating, “Signing this contract with Lockheed Martin Australia to commence the manufacturing of GMLRS in Australia from 2025 is another example of the Albanese Government delivering key outcomes of the Defence Strategic Review.

“These are important milestones which will see Australia gain the technology we need to establish a sovereign industry, providing opportunities for a highly-skilled workforce.”

Acting Minister for Defence and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Pat Conroy MP, also lauded the agreement, affirming, “This announcement delivers on the Albanese Government’s commitment to reprioritise Defence capabilities in line with the Defence Strategic Review, including developing the ADF’s ability to precisely strike targets at longer range.

“This important first step towards the establishment of domestic guided weapons manufacturing in Australia will complement the acquisition of long-range precision strike capabilities and strengthen the ADF’s ability to protect Australia and its interests. This work is a clear demonstration of the ongoing collaboration between Australia and the United States on Australia’s Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Enterprise – a key outcome of the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations in July 2023.”

As Australia prepares to take a significant leap in its missile manufacturing capabilities, this historic agreement with Lockheed Martin Australia marks a milestone in the country’s journey towards self-reliance and strengthening its national defense infrastructure.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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AI enters the Big Brother house, raising concerns around the truth of reality TV

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How will the integration of AI into reality TV impact audience engagement and what role will this have on the future of entertainment?

The latest season of Big Brother has left fans scratching their heads with the introduction of Big Brother AI, also knowns as BB AI, taking centre stage.

Tom Finnigan from Talkingbrands.ai joins to discuss all the curious AI cases of the week. #featured

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UN initiative aims to set international standards for AI ethics

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The United Nations has launched a comprehensive initiative aimed at establishing international guidelines for the governance of artificial intelligence.

The UN seeks to address ethical concerns, regulatory frameworks, and human rights implications associated with AI advancements.

Dr. Karen Sutherland from the UniSC joins to discuss the latest. #featured

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No console, no problem according to Amazon’s next-gen streaming innovation

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Xbox cloud gaming expands access with Amazon Fire TV Stick compatibility.

Xbox confirmed that the new instalment of Call of Duty—Black Ops 6—will be releasing day one on Xbox Game Pass later this year.

In recent news, 2023’s Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 will also land on Game Pass on July 24th. This marks the first Activision title to be released on Game Pass since Microsoft’s recent acquisition.

Gaming and tech correspondent Emily Leaney joins to discuss all the latest.

 

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