Defence minister says expanded industry could create jobs, and government’s ambition is to ‘send a lot more weapons overseas to appropriate countries’

Christopher Pyne has committed not to export weapons “willy-nilly” if Australia followed through on his ambition to become a major arms exporter, plans which were attacked as exporting death and profiting from bloodshed.

The defence industry minister said Australia could export “all sorts of arms” to increase jobs, including vessels, offshore patrol vessels, remote warfare systems, surveillance, sonar, radar and potentially frigates.

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