Australia Starts Developing Guided Missiles to Boost Defense

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed on Wednesday the plan to begin the construction of its own guided missiles in collaboration with the United States as it seeks to boost its defense capabilities.

Morrison said it would initially spend 1 billion Australian dollars ($761 million) on the plan as part of a 10-year investment in the defense industry.

“Creating our sovereign capability on Australian soil is essential to keep Australians safe,” Morrison said.

He also said the government would partner with a global arms manufacturer and “collaborate closely” with the US.

Homegrown missile manufacture was only a part of a drive to revamp Australia’s defense and its local defense industry.

Morrison added that locally sourced missiles were necessary due to the possibility of global supply chain disruptions.

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