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Australia to improve space-based ISR capabilities

20th June 2017 - 11:11 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


The Australian government is investing A$500 million ($380.78 million) to improve the country’s space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, the Department of Defence announced on 18 June.

Imagery from high-end commercial satellites, now in orbit, will be integrated directly into the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation’s (AGO) imagery dissemination systems.

Minister for Defence Marise Payne said, ‘Defence’s enhanced access to these satellites will increase Australia’s capacity to maintain surveillance and improve situational awareness for the Australian Defence Force [ADF] and other national security agencies through the provision of high-quality imagery.’

Information will assist defence operations, border protection and humanitarian missions.


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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

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

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