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South Australia’s experienced and capable industry base delivers many of the country’s largest and most complex defence projects, supported by State Government’s investment in infrastructure and workforce and skills development.

South Australia is spearheading some of the most significant naval shipbuilding projects in our nation’s history, including construction of Australia’s future fleet of nuclear-powered submarines and delivery of major tier 1 surface combatant ships for the Royal Australian Navy. This work program secures continuous naval shipbuilding in Adelaide for decades to come providing long-term certainty for thousands of South Australian workers.

South Australia is also delivering cyber and systems solutions to complement these major projects. Key aerospace projects and intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic warfare capabilities are centred just outside Adelaide at RAAF Base Edinburgh.

From a research, development and innovation perspective, South Australia’s defence industry, research organisations and educational institutions team together to innovate cutting-edge solutions for the Australian Defence Force and defence projects. The Defence Innovation Partnership brings these key stakeholders together as incubator for R&D collaboration.

Our state sits proudly as a centre-of-gravity for the national space activity and boasts leading expertise in a broad range of space capabilities from upstream manufacturing of next-generation satellites and space technologies, to downstream infrastructure and applications.

Hunter Class Frigates

The Hunter class frigate program, which will deliver a fleet of nine world-class anti-submarine warfare frigates to the Royal Australian Navy, is currently underway at South Australia’s Osborne Naval Shipyard.

Hunter Class Frigates2024-02-20T14:06:39+10:30

Collins Class Submarines

ASC was responsible for building Australia’s fleet of Collins class submarines in Adelaide in the 1990s and now provides design enhancements, maintenance and through-life support of the six-vessel fleet at the Osborne Naval Shipyard.

Collins Class Submarines2023-12-07T13:03:29+10:30

Nuclear-powered Submarine Program

Precincts Osborne Naval Shipyard The enhanced trilateral security partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States (AUKUS) was first announced in September 2021, with an Optimal Pathway to delivering Australia’s nuclear-powered submarine capability announced in March 2023. Nuclear-powered submarines have superior stealth, speed, manoeuvrability, survivability and endurance compared to their conventional counterparts. These submarines can deploy unmanned underwater vehicles, while also carrying more advanced and greater capacities of weapons. Collectively, these abilities will allow the nuclear-powered submarines and Royal Australian Navy to operate in contested areas with lower risk of detection. The AUKUS Optimal ...

Nuclear-powered Submarine Program2023-03-23T10:54:53+10:30

Hobart Class Destroyers

Precincts Osborne Naval Shipyard The Osborne Naval Shipyard was home to the construction of three Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWD) from 2007 to 2020. The project was delivered by the AWD Alliance with partners - ASC as the shipbuilder, Raytheon Australia as the combat system systems engineer, the Department of Defence as owner participant and Navantia as the designer and ship build manager. The AWDs, named HMAS Hobart, HMAS Brisbane and HMAS Sydney have provided the Royal Australian Navy with one of the world’s most capable multi-mission warships capable across the full spectrum of joint ...

Hobart Class Destroyers2023-11-07T12:58:53+10:30