An estimated $800 million has been earmarked for buying from the US Navy the AGM-158C long-range anti-ship missile, which can travel up to 370 kilometers (230 miles).
Australia propelled to enlarge defence budget. Australia announces $186 billion in defense spending amid rising tensions in the Indo-Pacific.
Speaking at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia was facing its toughest international situation since the lead-up to World War II.
“We need to … prepare for a post-Covid world that is poorer, that is more dangerous and that is more disorderly,” Morrison said.
Morrison avoided directly linking Australia’s defense budget to the growing threat from China,he named several regions where Beijing has become embroiled in territorial disputes: on its Himalayan border with India, and in the South China Sea and the East China Sea.
The government will also be exploring the possibility of an Australian-operated satellite network,reducing the country’s current dependence on the US network,and extending its radar system to monitor Australia’s eastern approaches.
“That means that the Australian government is convinced that it will be looking at an increased Chinese military presence off our east coast in the South Pacific,” said Medcalf, who helped advise on the 2016 Defense White Paper.