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Australia pursues hypersonic, AI and radar technologies

2nd December 2020 - 01:56 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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Australia sees advanced new technologies as essential to keep pace with regional military developments.

In recent days, Australia has signalled investment in new technologies such as hypersonics, AI and radars. This reflects Australia’s A$270 billion ($199 billion) commitment in defence spending as outlined in the Defence Strategic Update and Force Structure Plan 2020 that was released on 1 July.

Referring first of all to hypersonics, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds announced Australia’s ‘commitment to develop high-speed long-range strike capabilities to build a more capable and agile Australian Defence Force’.

This followed a collaborative agreement signed with the US in late November to develop and test full-sized hypersonic cruise missile prototypes under the Southern Cross

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Gordon Arthur is the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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