Australia to make hypersonic missiles with the US and the UK

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Highlights

  • Australia, the US and the UK have allied to bolster security measures in the face of mounting worries over China and Russia.
  • The three nations have committed to work together on electronic warfare capabilities and hypersonic weapons.
  • The three countries are competing in a technology race to build hypersonic missiles that can glide through the sky.

Australia intends to beef up its missile capabilities by assisting in the development of long-range missiles capable of travelling at least five times the speed of sound.

The initiative, which was revealed overnight as part of the newly inked AUKUS pact, would see Australia increase its defence technology with the assistance of the United States.

The three nations, along with the United Kingdom, have committed to work together on electronic warfare capabilities and hypersonic weapons.

AUKUS is a trilateral security collaboration between Australia, the UK and the USA that aims to deploy nuclear-powered submarines in the Indo-Pacific area.

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What defence equipment would be developed?

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison joined his British and American counterparts Boris Johnson and Joe Biden to declare a new partnership to manufacture missiles.

The ‘hypersonic’ missiles, which can be launched from air, sea or land, and have a range of over 2000 kilometres, would be built under the AUKUS defence accord, which would also include the construction of a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines for Australia.

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Furthermore, Australia would station land-based missiles, while warships and jet fighters could deploy the other two types of missiles.

The AUKUS nations would also build missile defence systems and radars capable of intercepting an enemy’s hypersonic missiles under the terms of the agreement

In addition, the three world leaders also acknowledged that their ambitions to build undersea drones, with initial trials scheduled for next year, as well as new quantum and artificial intelligence technologies, were on track. 

What was the impetus for the pact?

The three nations also pledged to boost information exchange and enhance collaboration in the field of defence innovation. 

However, the action comes amid rising worry among the United States and its allies over China’s growing military aggressiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.

Aside from China, Russia also became a major concern for world leaders following its invasion of Ukraine.

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