Sunday, 30 April 2017

Australia wants to buy anti-radiation missiles worth $183.7 million for its F-18G


Aus seeks US anti-radiation missiles

30 APR 2017 - 3:34AM

Australia is seeking anti-radiation missiles worth about $183.7 million for its Growler aircraft fleet, according to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

Source: AAP

Australia is looking to buy anti-radiation missiles worth about $183.7 million for its Growler aircraft fleet, according to a US agency.

The US State Department has approved the possible sale and Congress has been informed, a notice from the country's Defense Security Cooperation Agency says.

The sale would include up to 70 high speed anti-radiation missiles, 40 advanced anti-radiation guided missiles and training missiles as well as other support equipment.

The total estimated cost is $US137.6 million, or $A183.7 million.

"Australia is requesting these missiles for its Electronic Attack EA-18G Growler aircraft," the agency notice says about the missiles, which are designed for attacking ground-based radar.

"Australia will use this capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense."

If the sale goes ahead it 'will contribute to the foreign policy and national security" of the US, by improving "security of a major contributor to political stability, security, and economic development in the Western Pacific".

"Australia is an important major non-NATO ally and partner that contributes significantly to peacekeeping and humanitarian operations around the world," the notice reads.


Original post: sbs.com.au


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