Australian composite company Quickstep says that it welcomed news of an AUS$1 billion domestic missile and complex weapons investment in Australia.

According to the company, the investment will create new opportunities across the Australian supply chain, generating more engineering and production jobs within a projected AUS$40 billion enterprise over the next 20 years. Composites form a significant part of missile airframes and Quickstep reportedly has experience in manufacturing composite components for missiles for domestic and multi-national programs.

‘It is very encouraging to see the Morrison government continuing to invest in the development of genuine sovereign capability, building on the existing strengths of the Australian industrial base and creating generational programs, comparable to the F-35, that will further develop and grow industry capability and job creation across Australia,’ said Mark Burgess, CEO of Quickstep. ‘We look forward to detailed engagement across the global supply chain to generate meaningful opportunities in design, development, manufacturing and aftermarket support for Australia’s future missile and complex weapon programs.’

This story uses material from Quickstep, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.