Australia’s defence equipment has undergone significant modernisation recently, with a notable emphasis on indigenous capabilities. Recent acquisition programs such as the LAND 400 Phase 2 Mounted Combat Vehicle, Hunter-class (SEA 5000), F-35A, and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) reflect Australia’s intent to enhance its military capabilities across multiple domains. The acquisitions demonstrate the prioritisation of modernisation efforts and the development of indigenous capabilities by Australia to enhance the adaptability and versatility of its Armed Forces, says GlobalData, a leading data analytics company.
GlobalData’s latest “Fleet Size Dashboard”, reveals that approximately 70% of Australia’s military fleet, consisting of land vehicles, fixed-wing aircraft, rotorcraft, artillery systems, naval vessels, missile defense systems, and submarines, boasts an average life span of less than 10 years. It is also observed that almost the entire fleet of military platforms operated by the Australian Defence Force is less than 30 years old. These figures indicate a proactive approach to maintaining a modern and technologically advanced fleet. It also highlights that an impressive 83% of Australia’s fleet is indigenous, which showcases its commitment to fostering domestic defense industries and nurturing technological expertise within the country.
Harpreet Sidhu, Aerospace and Defense Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Australia’s investment in modern assets indicates its focus on operational readiness and strengthening the ability to respond effectively to evolving threats. Over the years, the Australian government has been encouraging international businesses to establish manufacturing facilities in the country in collaboration with local companies, which has not only improved its domestic defense capabilities but also boosted economic growth by creating jobs.”
Apart from catering to the demands of its own armed forces, Australia has also exported locally manufactured defence platforms to various countries worldwide. A majority of Australian exports are primarily directed towards countries in the Asia-Pacific region, which includes Indonesia, New Zealand, and Malaysia. Additionally, Australia has also exported defence platforms to countries such as the Netherlands and Ukraine in the European region.
Sidhu concludes: “Australia’s strategic focus on indigenous capabilities aligns with its broader vision of self-reliance and securing its sovereign territories. By reducing reliance on foreign suppliers, the country aims to ensure long-term sustainability and resilience. This approach will continue to strengthen the country’s defence industry, promote innovation, and enhance its ability to meet future challenges independently.”