Raytheon selected for $1.5 billion ground-based air defense system
The surface-to-air missile system will replace the country's 30-year-old short-range capability, which is due to be retired by early next decade, Defence Minister Marise Payne said in a statement.
"A modern and integrated ground-based air defense system is needed to protect our deployed forces from increasingly sophisticated air threats, both globally and within our region," Payne said.
Australia, a staunch U.S. ally, last year committed to increase defense spending by nearly A$30 billion over the next 10 years at a time when China's economic and military power is growing throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Australia has been streamlining its military tendering process to more quickly acquire equipment.
Raytheon Australia will receive a single supplier limited request for tender (RFT) for the ground-based air defense system by the end of June, the government said. ■