Major Defence Projects by State Map: Defence Industry Insights 10th Edition Excerpt

By Alarna Chivers on 13 March 2024

Major Defence Projects by State Map: Defence Industry Insights 10th Edition Excerpt

​Our long-awaited Defence Industry Insights will be published in the coming weeks! Here is a sneak preview of the ever-popular Defence Projects by State Map that features in our Tenth Edition.

Since the release of the Deference Strategic Review, we have seen a stagnant in Defence funding allocation and a lot of hurry up and wait. So, what are the major Defence acquisition and sustainment projects going on across our states?

Major Defence Projects by State Map



In NSW, the bulk of the projects are sustainment work. This will have implications if we continue to see sustainment budgets cut down.​


We are seeing the trend of above the line employment of APS and Profession Service Providers continue in the ACT.


Autonomous systems will drive hiring in QLD and NSW. In QLD, the project Loyal Wingman will stimulate hiring. Whereas in NSW, XL-AUV – also known as the Ghost Shark, is driving hiring.  


In WA and SA, there will be growth in blue-collar work to help support the naval shipbuilding projects that have been announced from the surface ship review.


Australian Signals Directorate’s project REDSPICE is going to increase cyber-related hiring in ACT, VIC, and QLD. In time, it is expected that we will see hiring for this project in WA.

With all these projects nationally, workforce demand will continue to be high and fierce competition from adjacent industries won't ease any time soon – For comparison, view the labour hiring data across Australia and New Zealand in the Infrastructure Pipeline data here.

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ACPB ISS: Armidale Class Patrol Boats In-Service Support.

AIR 2097: New fleet of light helicopters.

AIR 3024: Replacing the aerospace test and evaluation, research and experimentation equipment at the Woomera Test Range.

AIR 3029: Relocation of an SST from New Mexico to WA to monitor orbiting space satellites, debris and asteroids.

AIR 5349: Acquisition of the Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft.

AIR 543: Fixed Defence Air Traffic Control Surveillance Sensors.

AIR 6500: Joint air battle management systems capability.

AIR 7000: Triton Remotely Piloted Unmanned Aircraft System.

AIR 7003: Procurement of an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS).

AIR 9000: Replacement of S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopters.

AIR555: Airborne Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Electronic Warfare Capability Facilities Works.

ANZAC ISS: ANZAC Class In-Service Support / Platform Systems Remediation.

ANZAC ISS/PSR: ANZAC Class In-Service Support / Platform Systems Remediation.

AOR ISS: Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment In-Service Support.

ARH ISS: Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter In-Service Support.

AUKUS: Australia, United Kingdom, and United States partnership.

AWD ISS: Air Warfare Destroyer In-Service Support.

Blackhawk: The Australian Government will acquire 40 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters for the Australian Army.

C-130 ISS: Hercules In-Service Support.

C-17 ISS: Globemaster III In-Service Support.

C-27 ISS: Spartan In-Service Support.

CCPB ISS: Cape Class Patrol Boats In-Service Support.

CCSM ISS/LOTE: Collins Class Submarine In-Service Support and Life Of Type Extension.

DDG ISS: Air Warfare Destroyer In-Service Support.

EA-18 ISS: Growler electronic attack Aircraft In-Service Support.

F/A-18 ISS: Fighter attack aircraft In-Service Support.

F-35 ISS: F-35A Joint Strike Fighter In-Service Support.

FMSC: Fleet Marine Services Contract.

HATS: Helicopter Aircrew Training System.

IBMS: Interim Battle Management System.

ICT 2270: Vetting Transformation project to improve vetting services.

ICT 2273: Maritime Fleet Information Environment (FIE) Modernisation Program.

ICT 2283: Defence Enterprise Resource Planning project to rationalise Defence ICT applications environment.

ICT 555: Procure and install the necessary Information Communications Technology into Defence’s Single Information Environment to enable the four MC-55A Peregrine aircraft, including mission, ground and support systems.

JORN: Jindalee Operational Radar Network.

JP 2008: Next generation of satellite communication systems.

JP 2047: ICT transformation project.

JP 2060: Deployable health.

JP 2080: Human resource payroll system.

JP 2089: Upgrade of the current information communication and network technologies within critical defence systems to standardise and speed up data sharing and facilitate centralised control.

JP 2096: Multi-phase project to create an integrated and unified dataset for ISR and decision support.

JP 8190: Modernise Fuel Support Systems.

JP 9101: Project Phoenix. Enhanced Defence high-frequency communications system.

JP 9102: New military satellite capability.

JP 9131: Defensive Cyberspace Operations: to strengthen the cyber defences of deployed ADF networks and combat platforms.

JP 9201 ASDSS: Acquisition of next-generation satellite technology (Australian Defence SATCOM System).

JP 9711: Defence core simulation capability project.

JP9102: New military satellite capability.

KC-30A ISS: Multi-role tanker Transport that enables air-to-air refuelling and strategic airlift In-Service Support.

LAND 121: Provide ADF with high-capability field vehicles, modules and trailers (protected and non-protected).

LAND 125 ph5: Modernise ADF’s combat capability.

LAND 129: Procurement of tactical unmanned aerial systems.

LAND 154: Counter Improvised Explosive Device (IED) program.

LAND 155: Delivery of enhanced gap-crossing equipment, including the delivery of bridge bays and logistics packages.

LAND 159: Modernisation of ADF small arms and direct dire support weapons.

LAND 19: Short Range Ground Based Air Defence (SRGBAD) capability.

LAND 200: Collation of the two distinct battle management system requirements of LAND 75 and LAND 125.

LAND 2072: Enhance the ADF’s land-based communications capability.

LAND 2110: Improvement of the ADF's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defence (CBRND) capability.

LAND 3025: Counter-Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (C-CBRNE) support.

LAND 400 ph2: Acquisition of Armed Reconnaissance Vehicles (ARV) and Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) for the Australian Army.

LAND 400 ph3: Acquisition of Armed Reconnaissance Vehicles (ARV) and Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) for the Australian Army.

LAND 4111: Protected Mobility Mobilisation. Standardising and modernising the protected mobility capability.

LAND 4502 ISS: Shelters and supporting infrastructure for additional CH-47F Chinook helicopters In-Service Support.

LAND 4503: Armed reconnaissance helicopter replacement.

LAND 4507: Multi-Role Helicopter Rapid Replacement.

LAND 53: Night Fighting Equipment replacement.

LAND 8113: Long Range Fires.

LAND 8116: Self-propelled howitzer artillery system.

LAND 8120: Earthmoving and material handling equipment.

Land 8160: Combat Engineering Vehicles.

LAND 8710: Army Littoral Manoeuvre.

LHD ISS: Landing Helicopter Dock In-Service Support.

Loyal Wingman: Australia’s first domestically designed and built combat drone.

LSD ISS: Land Systems Division In-Service Support.

M1 A1 ISS: The Abrams tank In-Service Support.

M113 ISS: Armoured Personnel Carrier In-Service Support.

M113AS4 ISS: Armoured Personnel Carrier In-Service Support.

MH-60R: MH-60R Seahawk is the Royal Australian Navy's next-generation submarine hunter and anti-surface warfare helicopter.

MHC ISS: Mine-hunter Coastal Class In-Service Support.

MMC: Munitions Manufacturer Contract.

MMEW: Modernisation of Maritime Electronic Warfare.

Nulka: Anti-ship missile countermeasure.

OneSky: Air traffic management system.

P-8 ISS: Maritime patrol aircraft, which is replacing the P-3 In-Service Support.

PPBR: Replacement and In-Service Support Contracts of a fleet of Pacific Patrol Boats (PPB).

REDSPICE: Resilience, Effects, Defence, Space, Intelligence, Cyber and Enablers

RMP(E): Regional Maintenance Provider. In-Service Support naval platforms (East).

RMP(N): Regional Maintenance Provider. In-Service Support naval platforms (North).

RMP (W): Regional Maintenance Provider. In-Service Support naval platforms (West).

SEA 1180: Construction of 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels in Adelaide and Perth.

SEA 1350: Maritime Underwater Tracking Range (MUTR).

SEA 1442: Upgrade of ANZAC Class Frigate communication systems.

SEA 1654: Procurement of two Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment Ships (AOR).

SEA 1905: Program for future maritime mine countermeasures and military survey capability into NSW and ACT.

SEA 2273: Fleet Information Environment (FIE) modernisation project.

SEA 5000: Next generation of naval surface combatants, replacing the ANZAC and FFG class vessels. It is also referred to as the Hunter Program.

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