canberra Australia and South Korea have agreed on an arms deal with a trade value of one billion Australian dollars (635 million euros). The deal signed on Monday by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and South Korean President Moon Jae-in is reportedly the largest arms deal ever signed between Australia and an Asian nation. Among other things, it provided the delivery of self-propelled artillery howitzers, ammunition supply vehicles and radar equipment by the South Korean company Hanwha.
Moon is currently in Australia on a four-day visit to mark the 60th anniversary of Canberra-Seoul diplomatic ties. Foreign Secretary Peter Dutton said the agreement would strengthen Australia’s firepower and security in the Indo-Pacific. It is one of several projects to modernize the Australian Army and ensure that it retains the advantage of capability in the future. Australian broadcaster “ABC” spoke of a “historic contract”.
In September, the US, Great Britain and Australia announced a new “security alliance”. In an alliance known by the acronym AUCUS, Australia is to be granted access to American technology to build and operate nuclear submarines. As a result, France considered a €56 billion diesel submarine deal for Australia, prompting angry reactions in Paris. According to security experts, the new alliance is clearly aimed at countering the military threat posed by China in the Indo-Pacific.
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