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South Australia is home to a diverse and highly skilled industry base of prime contractors and small-to-medium enterprises delivering solutions in systems and cyber for major defence projects.

With key organisations in South Australia confirmed to support major Defence projects, the opportunities are endless.

At a glance:

Jindalee Operational Radar Network

A multi-billion-dollar investment in three over-the-horizon radar systems that use the ionosphere to monitor air and sea movements across at least 37,000 square kilometres.

$1.2 billion enhancement

Job numbers

500 direct

In progress

To be delivered by 2030

Attack class submarines

12 regionally superior submarines to be constructed in Adelaide

$50 billion project

Job numbers

1000 direct jobs plus supply chain



Project length

30+ years

Hunter class frigates

9 world-class anti-submarine warfare frigates

$35 billion project

Job numbers

More than 5000 jobs across the business and the wider supply chain over the life of the program


First ship to begin construction in 2022

Project Length

30+ years

Arafura class offshore patrol vessels

2 vessels to be constructed in Adelaide prior to the commencement of the Hunter class frigate project

$4 billion project

Job numbers

400 direct



P-8A Poseidon aircraft

RAAF Base Edinburgh in Adelaide is the base for the nation’s new fleet of 15 P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft
Job numbers and duration

30 years of sustainment and upgrade work

In progress for delivery late 2020

Unmanned aerial systems

Ground control station for Triton and Sky Guardian unmanned aerial systems
Career opportunities

as part of the intelligence surveillance reconnaissance (ISR) hub at Edinburgh Defence Precinct

In progress

for service in the early to mid-2020s

Gulfstream G550

4 Gulfstream G550 aircraft to be based at RAAF Base Edinburgh

$2.46 billion program


Sustainment of the aircraft over its lifespan

In progress

with first aircraft due to fly out from 2023

Land 19 short-range ground-based air defence (SRGBAD)

Delivery of a ground-based surface-to-air missile system with beyond-visual-range capability for the Australian Army

Raytheon Australia’s Centre for Joint Integration in Adelaide will be used for the design, manufacture and assembly of some key elements of the system


100 direct jobs across the life of the capability

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South Australia has a rapidly growing space innovation ecosystem and is well placed to become Australia’s hub for future space industry development. Already home to 80 space-related organisations, South Australia is committed to developing strategies to grow the local industry and to increase research and development collaboration as well as international engagement.

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