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Monday, January 25, 2021, 14:13
Australia says to spend US$770m on navy weapons development
By Reuters
Monday, January 25, 2021, 14:13 By Reuters

Australia's Minister for Defense Linda Reynolds listens during a press conference at the US Department of State following the 30th AUSMIN on July 28, 2020, in Washington, DC. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / POOL / AFP)

SYDNEY - Australia will spend A$1 billion (US$770 million) developing new naval weaponry capabilities, including long-range missiles and torpedoes, the federal government said on Monday, part of a vast defense upgrade.

The country plans to provide its navy with advanced long-range anti-ship missiles, extended range surface-to-air missiles, advanced lightweight torpedoes, and maritime land strike capabilities to “project and maintain sea control”, the government said in a statement.

The country plans to provide its navy with advanced long-range anti-ship missiles, extended range surface-to-air missiles, advanced lightweight torpedoes, and maritime land strike capabilities

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 “These new capabilities will provide a strong, credible deterrent that will ensure stability and security in the region,” Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said in the statement.

The spending is part of a previously announced defense budget increase over the next decade as the country seeks to pivot its military focus to the Indo-Pacific region.

The government said it would provide anti-ship and surface-to-air missiles with ranges of more than 370 km (230 miles), and maritime land strike missiles with ranges of 1,500 km to “enhance the protection of our maritime resources and borders, and hold adversaries at risk of much greater distances”.

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