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Dr Ian Langford: Ukrainian-style tech may help us close ‘missile gap’

22 February, 2024

Yesterday, Security & Defence PLuS Executive Director Dr Ian Langford published an op-ed in The Australian, following the release of the Australian government’s surface fleet review. 

“While the promises of what the report will deliver are positive – and the move towards robotics and automation in the navy’s surface fleet should be commended – for the Australian Defence Force the problem of “speed to capability” remains.” 

“Asymmetry is key in this regard and comes in the form of land-based anti-ship missiles combined with the massing of low-cost maritime drones.

Both of these low-cost technologies represent the kind of asymmetric maritime strike capability that could alleviate the short-term speed to capability challenges faced by the ADF and could eventually help close the missile gap between now and the early 2030s.”

Click to read the full piece on The Australian’s website.