US Commits to Supporting Australia’s Development of Guided Rocket Systems by 2025
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken recently attended the AUSMIN ministerial meeting in Queensland with their Australian counterparts. During the meeting, both countries expressed their commitment to continue working with China while remaining ready to “resist” if necessary.
Austin announced at a press conference that the US has promised to assist Australia in the production of guided multi-barrel rocket systems by 2025. This significant pledge underscores the United States’ determination to expedite Australia’s access to critical munitions systems.
The AUSMIN conference marked the first time Australia hosted the event since 2019, as previous gatherings were disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Australia’s Labor government aims to strengthen military cooperation with the United States, particularly in countering China’s increasing influence in the region.
Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles expressed his satisfaction with the progress made in advancing the guided weapons and ammunition industry within the country. He also expressed hopes of commencing the development of a multi-barrel guided missile system within the next two years, serving as a joint industrial foundation for both nations.
Marles additionally noted that under the terms of the joint agreement, US nuclear submarines will operate more frequently in Australian waters. This strategic move aims to enhance regional security efforts.
The talks between US and Australian officials heavily emphasized their shared commitment to freedom and security in the Indo-Pacific region. Both parties strongly advocate for upholding international rules, which have long fostered peace and stability in the area. While cooperation with China remains a priority, they stand ready to counter any actions by China that undermine freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China and East China Seas. This includes protecting the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait and defending against economic coercion targeting other countries.
Marles and Austin are scheduled to observe the Talisman Saber military exercise in north Queensland, which involves the participation of the US, Australia, and 11 other nations. However, the exercise has temporarily halted following a helicopter crash, leaving at least four individuals missing.
The US has pledged to support Australia’s development of multiple launch guided rocket systems by 2025, while both countries have pledged to continue working with China and are ready to “resist” if necessary
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken Visited Queensland to attend AUSMIN ministerial meeting with Australian negotiating counterparts.
“We have continued a number of beneficial initiatives with the Australian defense industry. This includes a promise to help Australia produce guided multi-barrel rocket systems… by 2025,” Austin said at a press conference today (July 29), confirming that the United States will speed up the process o enabling Australia to access critical munitions systems.
This AUSMIN conference is the first time Australia has hosted it. After being absent since 2019 due to the COVID situation
Australia’s Labor government hopes to increase military cooperation with the United States. more firmly To the beam of influence on “China”, which day by day will spread more and more power in the region.
Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles said: “We are very satisfied with the steps taken. continued in promoting the guided weapons and ammunition industry in this country.”
Marles also expressed hope that the project to develop a multi-barrel guided missile system could begin in earnest within two years to serve as a common industrial base between the two countries.
He also said that US nuclear submarines “will enter Australian waters more frequently” under the terms of the joint agreement.
Blinken said a “core theme” in the talks with Australia was a shared commitment to freedom and security in the Indo-Pacific region.
“Both countries defend international rules. which has been the foundation of peace and stability for many decades… Cooperation with China is also part of this effort. But if necessary, we are ready to oppose any actions by China that violate freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China and East China Seas. destroy the status quo that keeps the Taiwan Strait peace and stability including economic threats to put pressure on other countries,” said the US Secretary of State.
Marles and Austin are expected to travel to north Queensland on Saturday to watch the Talisman Saber move, which will take part in the US, Australia and 11 other countries.
However, the moves have been temporarily suspended. After an Australian helicopter crashed into the ocean, And at least 4 people on board are missing.
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