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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 skills development.

South Australia is spearheading some of the most significant naval shipbuilding projects in our nation’s history and is committed to generating the agile, highly-skilled workforce needed to deliver these and other major defence projects, as well as the supply chain that sustains them.

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 of collaboration.

Our state sits proudly at the centre of the nation’s space industry and boasts specialisation in a broad range of space activities from upstream manufacturing of next-generation satellites and space technology, to downstream infrastructure and applications.

Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels

Australia’s new fleet of Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) are currently under construction at the nation’s world-class Osborne Naval Shipyard, located in South Australia.

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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.

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The South Australian Government is committed to positioning South Australia as the national leader of cyber capability and processing, exploiting and disseminating intelligence.