A car is basically simple modern piece of hardware that is easily made in third world economies. The design of the car is however a different story and most cars are hence designed in Developed economies.And a military project is a much more complicated and sophisticated project, right RTT_Rules? Because you have a similar set-up, a chain of suppliers and contractors all doing their bit towards the project - which is why the French are going to have their contract taken off them after promising to provide local work in order to win the contract to begin with.
The main complexity in a car assembly line is QC, hence why the much of the QC teams from Australia's former car assembly plants found employment supporting assembly lines in Thailand and other locations and Ford, Toyota and until recently GM retained design teams in Australia and the former assembly plant operators were made redundant.
Nothing you've said makes any sense, of course those two things are similar.
One more time for the Dummies Don, complex large Military hardware projects have a long history of going over budget and over time. A few examples include the Russian Aircraft carrier, the Chinese copy, the US's latest I think Ford class aircraft carrier and just about every fighter jet every built in the US and likely France, Sweden, Russia etc etc for years. Classic case of the military chief's having eyes bigger than their budgets teased by manufacturers who claim their "latest" technology is better than the competition, yet in reality none of it rarely exists and not up to standard, over promising and under delivering. Space industry is no different. While Don may continue with his unpatriotic approach to design his fellow South Australian's a generation of jobs, thankfully others are thinking otherwise and this includes the govt managing the project and has not signed with France because it won't let the French take the jobs on shore (likely due to similar French govt/union pressure). In addition we have today's announcement of the Australia designed and assembled Loyal Wingman project supported by Boeing.It's not JUST about the fact that it hasn't started but its already blown out by tens of billions - its about the lies of the Naval group telling the government that they were going to have 90% of the production of the submarines based in this country domestically - but then said 60% - but then won't commit to that either.
So why not just buy fully imported at a cheaper price?