CNN andAustraliaThe broadcasting company reported on the 17th that the U.S.state CouncilAustralia’s request to buy 220 Tomahawk cruise missiles has been approved, making Canberra the second US ally after Britain to acquire the US-made weapon.
According to reports, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) of the US Department of Defense issued a statement saying the transaction would cost up to 1.3 billion Australian dollars (about US$870 million), including the cost of maintenance and logistics support. It is going that the Tomahawk missile will be first assembled in Australia.RoyalThe Navy’s Hobart-class destroyers could then be installed on the Virginia-class submarines that Australia receives over the next decade.
“The proposed sale will enhance Australia’s ability to support US Marine forces and other allied forces, as well as enhance its ability to contribute to missions of common interest,” the DSCA said in a statement. The US State Department states that Australia’s “strategic position as a political and economic power has made an enormous contribution to ensuring peace and economic stability in the region, and it is vital to the national interest of the United States that we Help strengthen and retain allies.” and prepared self-defense capabilities”.
Australian Defense Industry Minister Conroy (Pat Conroy MP) said in an interview with the ABC that this weapon is a necessary deterrent, and that it is part of the current Labor government’s policy to “give the Australian Defense Force the best possible military strength, as much as possible.” Give it the ability to launch long-range attacks and stop any potential adversary.”
Conroy said, “We face the greatest strategic uncertainty since 1945, we face a regional arms race, and responsible governments like ours are responding by deploying the best possible military force. Fighting against the opponent is to put a question mark on our mind.” How do we promote peace and stability?”
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