Defence and Security
Industry Capability Reports
Delivering cutting-edge capability solutions
Australia’s defence industry has a proud history of delivering cutting-edge
capability solutions, on time and within budget. Australia’s defence
industry is diversified, with expertise in research and development,
production of platforms and components, and sustainment of existing
capabilities - across the air, land, sea, space and cyber domains.
Australian defence firms have supplied Australia’s and allied defence
forces with sophisticated capability solutions for deployments in Iraq,
Afghanistan, the Solomon Islands, South-East Asia and East Timor.
Australia’s defence industry has also achieved significant export success
internationally, supplying capabilities from platforms such as Thales
Australia’s Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle, to components for the
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
The Australian Government will invest over $200 billion over the next
decade to build its capability in the Australian Defence Force. This
investment is seeing Australia’s defence industry further develop its
expertise and innovation in turn places Australian industry in a
strong position to export cutting-edge products, technologies and services.
Australia’s leading-edge aerospace industry is already a competitive
supplier to the world’s markets. This includes being awarded over $1
billion in F-35 Joint Strike Fighter contracts for activities such as
vertical tail manufacture, sensors and cable/wiring production.
Australia is a world leader in aircraft maintenance and life extensions,
successfully supporting a range of Royal Australian Air Force aircraft and
aircraft to countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
Australia’s aerospace industry also has strong capabilities in system and
software design, engineering, component design, manufacturing and
servicing, air systems integration, airport equipment and services, air
traffic management and aircrew training for both civil and defence
Australian defence companies design, manufacture and support specialist
military vehicles such as Thales Australia’s Bushmaster Protected Vehicle,
which is in service with seven countries. Australian-designed vehicles are
capable of withstanding harsh environments `while conducting demanding
Australia’s defence industry has experience in developing a range of land
vehicle components such as fibreglass components, blast protection and
rugged suspension. This experience and capability will grow further in the
years ahead as Australia’s defence industry delivers new Combat
Reconnaissance Vehicle, Infantry Fighting Vehicles and Manoeuvre Support
Australian defence companies have also designed and manufactured a range of
specialist military equipment such as night vision goggles, combat
protection products, munitions and small arms.
Australia’s naval shipbuilding sector is internationally competitive and
has a proven track record for construction, integration, modification and
support of naval vessels and on-board systems.
Australia’s world-class naval capabilities include; design, ship
construction, modular fabrication, systems integration, platform
integration, sub-system design and maintenance. Australian shipyard are
recognised as specialists in the design and construction of patrol boats
and high-speed naval vessels. Australia built and operates the world’s most
advanced conventional submarines, the Collins Class, as well as ANZAC Class Frigates, Armidale Class Patrol Boats and the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers.
The experience established through the delivery of Australia’s current
naval fleet are now being utilised to renew the capabilities of the Royal
Australian Navy with 12 Attack Class Submarines, 9 Hunter
Class Frigates and 12 Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels being
constructed, alongside 21 Guardian Class Pacific Patrol Boats.
Intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, electronic warfare and cyber
Australian firms deliver cutting-edge radars and surveillance equipment,
including unmanned aerial vehicles, phased array radars, electro-optic
systems and underwater sensors. Australian industry has developed world
leading capabilities such as the ANZAC Combat Management System and CEAFAR
Phased Array Radar.
Australia also has significant and growing capabilities in cyber, including
supporting Australian Defence Force offensive and defensive cyber
capabilities. Secure software packages and tactical command centres are
also available for the analysis of surveillance and reconnaissance data for
Australia’s space industry is rapidly growing, with expertise in areas as
diverse as space situational awareness, cube/small satellite platforms and
systems, position navigation and timing big data and training. This
includes Equatorial Launch Australia’s launch and recovery agreement with
US-based TriSept, Saber Astronautics development of cutting edge mission
control software and Myriota’s growing network of cube satellites.
Research and development
Australia’s defence industry sector has a global reputation for innovation,
having developed innovative capabilities such as the Jindalee Operational
Radar Network, REDWING force protection systems and CEAFAR Phased Array
This track record will continue with the Australian Government establishing
the Next Generation Technologies Fund to invest in emerging and future
technologies and the Defence Innovation Hub to mature technologies.
Australia is also home to several major research and development
institutions that support the defence industry. These include Australian
universities, innovation and collaboration centres of global defence primes
and the Australian Government’s world-leading Defence Science and
Supporting products and services
The success of the defence industry is dependent on the use of high
technology equipment that creates an advantage for Australian troops in
Australian defence companies have extensive experience working with defence
forces to provide logistic support and develop complex command and control
Global partners look to Australia for its highly-skilled workforce and the
specialist training it can provide, including training in navigation and
seamanship, systems engineering and integration, officer and pilot training
Showcasing Australian defence and security technology
In 2018, the Australian Government released the Defence Export Strategy
which includes additional initiatives and assistance to Australian industry
to grow the export of defence products and services.
Austrade provides export advisory and facilitation services, such as
connecting Australian businesses to overseas partners and conducting trade
Australian Defence Export Office
has been established to coordinate Australian Government activities and
support export success. Austrade works closely with the Office to support
Team Defence Australia
is managed by the Australian Defence Export Office. It provides the Australian
defence industry with international exposure through trade shows and
targeted trade missions.
The Centre for Defence Industry Capability
supports businesses entering or working in the defence industry by
providing advisory and facilitation services and grants. The Centre can
also provide businesses advice about becoming export ready.
Defence Export Controls
Australia has a strong export control framework that supports the
responsible export of defence and dual-use goods, consistent with
Australia's national interests and international obligations.
The Department of Defence’s Defence Export Controls can be reached on 1800
661 066 or at
. All relevant forms and guidelines are listed at