Australia’s prime minister announced 270 billion Australian dollars ($190 billion) in additional defence spending over the next decade, which will include long-range missiles and other capabilities to hold enemies further from its shores.
WHAT AUSTRALIAN PM SAID
Australia had not seen such economic and strategic uncertainty in the region since World War II for reasons including tensions between the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China, he said.
“This simple truth is this: Even as we stare down the COVID-19 pandemic at home, we need to also prepare for a post-COVID-19 world that is poorer, that is more threatening and that is more disorderly,” Australian PM Scott Morrison.
REFERRING TO INDIA CHINA CONFLICT
“Tensions over territorial claims are rising across the Indo-Pacific region, as we have seen recently on the disputed border between India and Mainland China, and the South China Sea, and the East China Sea,” PM Scott Morrison.
“Japan, India, South Korea, the nations of south-east Asia, and the Pacific all have agency – choices to make and parts to play. So too does Australian,” by Australian Morrison.
The United States of America, Australia’s most important security partner since World War 2, remains “the foundation of our defense policy,” by PM Scott Morrison.
AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE
It consists of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Australian Army, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and several “tri-service” units.
The Australian Defence Force has a strength of just over 85,000 full-time personnel and active reservists troops and is supported by the Department of Defence and several other civilian agencies of Australia.
THE DETAILS SO FAR
To increase maritime strike capability,Australia will buy the AGM- 158Canti-ship missile from the U.S.A Navy at an estimated cost of Australian Dollar 800 million, the government said.
The up to date missile is a significant upgrade from Australian current AGM-84 air-launched Harpoon anti-ship missile, which was introduced in the 1980s. It has a range of 124 kilometers, while the missile being purchased can exceed range 370 kilometers.
The new missile will initially be used on the F/A-I8F Super Hornet jet fighters but can be used by other defense aircraft.Training on the weapon system would begin next year
Australian Plan $190 Billion on Defense Boost Australian Plan $190 Billion on Defense Boost