Accession Number:

ADA214211

Title:

Fire across the Desert: Woomera and the Anglo-Australian Joint Project 1946-1980,

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Corporate Author:

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE CANBERRA (AUSTRALIA)

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Report Date:

1989-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

594.0

Abstract:

Fire across the Desert is the history of one of most significant defence undertakings Australia has embarked upon in peacetime. For a third of a century the United Kingdom and Australia co-operated closely in building and operating a major missile testing range which at its peak reached far across our continent. This joint project began under the Chifley government and continued unbroken until 1980. Australias participation in the joint project was one of the key determinants in shaping our defence policy, and helped us come of age as a scientifically and technologically oriented nation. The joint project indisputably accelerated the formation of a competent body of defence science staff in Australia and was a catalyst for the formation of todays Defence Science and Technology Organisation. Australias approach to defence has, of necessity, changed fundamentally since the earlier post-war years, but much of the expertise gained on Woomera work has since flowed into current projects in keeping with our national defence priorities. kr

Subject Categories:

  • Guided Missile Launching and Basing Support

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE