"In June 2020, the Australian federal government announced a new, A$270 billion
defence strategy. Part of this entailed spending $800 million on new AGM-158C
long-range anti-ship missiles from the United States.
The new spend formed part of a long tradition of Australian defence procurement
from the US. In 2017, the Australian National Audit Office estimated the
Australian Defence Force (ADF) had spent an eye-watering $10 billion on
American weapons and equipment in the previous four years alone.
This trend looks set to continue. This May, for example, the ADF announced the
establishment of a $7 billion space division, which will inevitably deepen
Australia’s security and economic ties with the US.
And as the Biden administration focuses more attention on “the Quad” — the
quadrilateral security arrangement between the US, Australia, Japan and India —
to counter Chinese influence in the Asia-Pacific region, Australia will most
likely purchase even more American weapons and military equipment."
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