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Australia’s Defense Update Is All About China

Australia last week released its first major defense policy update in four years. The one bombshell in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement of billions in new spending really was a bomb: Australia will acquire American AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASMs). The missiles will initially be deployed on Australia’s aging F/A-18F Super Hornets, but will presumably upgrade to the country’s F-35As when these become operational, starting in 2021.

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