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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.

With our state being home to $90b worth of continuous shipbuilding projects with a projected lifespan of more than 50 years, our sights firmly remain on generating the agile, highly-skilled workforce needed to deliver this and other major defence projects, and 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.

Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels2020-09-30T10:29:22+09:30

Attack Class Submarines

The largest Defence procurement in the nation’s history, the Attack class submarine program is an investment of more than $50 billion in Australia’s security based at Osborne Naval Shipyard.

Attack Class Submarines2020-09-30T10:36:25+09:30

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 Submarines2020-09-30T10:37:36+09:30


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


Gulfstream G550 / Peregrine

The Australian Government will acquire four modified Gulfstream G550 aircraft, designated the MC-55A Peregrine, based out of RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia.

Gulfstream G550 / Peregrine2020-09-30T10:45:16+09:30

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 Frigates2021-02-05T20:49:39+10:30

Information Warfare

The Australian Government is committed to strengthening the Australian Defence Force’s electronic warfare capabilities and South Australia is committed to cementing the state’s position as the centre of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Information Warfare2020-11-03T21:19:25+10:30

Jindalee Operational Radar Network

The Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) is a multi-billion dollar investment supporting three over-the-horizon radar systems that use the ionosphere to monitor air and sea movements across at least 37,000 square kilometres.

Jindalee Operational Radar Network2020-09-30T10:39:11+09:30

Land Combat Vehicle System Program

The South Australian Government is committed to supporting local industry to win supply chain work as part of the Australian Army's LAND 400 Land Combat Vehicle System program.

Land Combat Vehicle System Program2020-11-04T15:46:48+10:30

MQ-9B Sky Guardian

The MQ-9B Sky Guardian unmanned aerial system will be integrated into the Australian Defence Force at the RAAF Base Edinburgh by General Atomics as part of AIR7003.

MQ-9B Sky Guardian2020-09-30T10:47:46+09:30

Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft

RAAF Base Edinburgh in Adelaide will be the base for the nation’s new fleet of P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft, as it has been for RAAF’s AP-3C Orion maritime patrol fleet for the past four decades.

Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft2021-01-22T14:51:21+10:30

Project Sentinel

Cobham is contracted to provide airborne surveillance operations for Australia’s national security, border protection, law enforcement, and environmental protection.

Project Sentinel2020-11-26T14:06:46+10:30

Research and Development

South Australia has a long history of success in defence research, which is underpinned by the collaboration of defence industry, research organisations and educational institutions to find innovative solutions for the Australian Defence Force and defence projects.

Research and Development2020-11-26T16:31:32+10:30


With an ecosystem of over 80 space-related organisations, home of the Australian Space Agency and innovation precinct in the heart of Adelaide at Lot Fourteen and high-tech rocket launch facilities across the state, South Australia is the centre of our national space industry.


Triton Unmanned Aircraft System

Adelaide will be the centre of Australia’s new unmanned aerial vehicle fleet, complementing the nation’s new fleet of P-8A Poseidon aircraft for maritime surveillance, based at RAAF Base Edinburgh.

Triton Unmanned Aircraft System2020-09-30T10:40:45+09:30
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