Australia has just hitched a ride on the Lockheed Martin rocket, signing a deal worth AU$37.4-million ($24.7 million) to manufacture their own Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) missiles.

The contract, announced by Aussie Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles, is like a shot of adrenaline for the nation’s defense capabilities.

Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of this agreement, dissect what it means for the Land Down Under’s defense industry, and zoom out to see how it ripples across their national security.

So, picture this: Canberra is gearing up to roll out its very own GMLRS missiles straight from the local production line by 2025.

The deal includes a sweet transfer of technical data from the US and a curriculum of engineering certifications and competency programs to upskill the Aussie workforce.

It’s not just business; it’s about building a sovereign defense industry and giving the locals a shot at the action.

Deputy Prime Minister Marles is singing the victory song, saying, “Signing this contract with Lockheed Martin Australia to begin the manufacturing of GMLRS in Australia from 2025 is another example of the Albanese Government delivering key outcomes of the Defence Strategic Review.”

“These are important milestones which will see Australia gain the technology we need to establish a sovereign industry, providing opportunities for a highly-skilled workforce,” said Marles.