Australia accelerates long-range precision strike capability acquisition
The Albanese Government is accelerating Australia’s long-range precision strike capability, and will more than double the number of High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers being acquired for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
To implement a key priority of the Defence Strategic Review the Government will invest $1.6 billion to expand and accelerate this acquisition, bringing the total number of HIMARS to 42.
The land-based, long-range, surface-to-surface HIMARS and associated munitions and support systems will ensure the ADF is equipped to deter potential threats and keep Australians safe.
The project is also scoped to procure the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM), which is expected to have a maximum range beyond 500km.
To support the accelerated acquisition of a long-range strike capability, Defence is developing detailed plans for a Guided Weapons Production Capability (GWPC) to manufacture HIMARS-compatible missiles in Australia from 2025.
Quotes attributable to Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Richard Marles MP:
“The Defence Strategic Review and the Government’s response recognised that a long-range strike capability is critical to the defence of Australia’s national interests.
“The accelerated acquisition of additional High Mobility Artillery Rocket System launchers provide the Australian Army with a significant capability boost, ensuring it has the resources it needs.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Pat Conroy MP:
“Australia is investing in enhanced long-range capabilities across all domains, which will deliver a persistent, long-range, all weather, rapid response capability that is operationally deployable and tactically mobile.
“As well as acquiring HIMARS from the US, the Government is taking important steps towards domestic missile manufacturing, aiming to both build up Australia’s defence industry, protect our supply chains and contribute to easing global demand.”