BAE Systems To Develop Hypersonic Weapons Capability In Australia

A dart rocket carrying a prototype radio frequency receiver for the RAAF as it is launched to the edge of space on 19 September from the Koonibba Rocket Range in South Australia, marking the first such commercial rocket launch from Australia.

BAE is expected to invest another $5 million throughout 2021 to research creating an Australian-based hypersonic missile capability.

BAE Systems Australia confirmed on Tuesday that it is looking to develop Australian based hypersonic weapons capabilities.

Dubbed “Project Javelin”, BAE Systems is looking to leverage Australia’s existing academic and industry knowledge to develop an Australian hypersonic capability. This announcement comes following $11 million of investment into researching hypersonics in Australia over the last 10 years.

BAE Systems will invest $5 million to expedite hypersonic research over the coming year, and is hoping to support the Australian Defence Force’s missile capabilities.

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In addition to the weapons systems, BAE outlined that it would also be investing in defensive capabilities against these weapons systems.

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