New Weapons and Countermeasures For Air Combat Fleet
The Morrison Government has approved Project AIR 6000 Phase 3 to acquire a range of new weapons and countermeasures for the F-35A Joint Strike Fighters and F/A-18F Super Hornets.
Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP and Minister for Defence Industry, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, made the announcement today outlining that self-protection was essential to Australiaâ€™s air combat capability.
â€œAircraft self-protection countermeasures and weapons are essential elements of Australiaâ€™s air combat capability,â€ Minster Pyne said.
â€œThis latest investment will ensure weapons and decoys are available as Australiaâ€™s air combat fleet transitions to the F-35A and Super Hornet.â€
â€œA range of complementary weapons and countermeasures will be acquired to provide comprehensive options for use in densely contested environments.â€
Minister Reynolds said the Morrison Governmentâ€™s continued investment in the Joint Strike Fighter program, provided greater opportunities for Australian companies to maximise their success in the defence industry.
â€œThe Morrison Government is investing over $110 million into this phase of the Joint Strike Fighter program, sustaining more jobs in the Australian defence industry,â€ Minister Reynolds said.
â€œThales Australia will supply weapon components, and Chemring Australia, will supply countermeasures for the project.â€
â€œThe Joint Strike Fighter program has so far delivered over 2,400 jobs with this number expected to increase to over 5,000 jobs by 2023.â€