Australia spends $3.5 billion to purchase 120 military tanks from the US
Building the arsenal.
Australia will spend more than $3.5 billion to purchase 120 tanks and other armoured vehicles from the United States, it has been announced.
The upgrade could see the Australian Army gain up to 75 Abrams tanks, 29 assault breacher vehicles, 17 joint assault bridge vehicles, and six armoured recovery vehicles.
Defence Minister Peter Dutton says the tanks, teamed up with other vehicles purchased in recent years, would provide the ADF with critical firepower for land operations.
“Teamed with the infantry fighting vehicle, combat engineering vehicles, and self-propelled howitzers, the new Abrams will give our soldiers the best possibility of success and protection from harm,’” Dutton said.
“The M1A2 Abrams will incorporate the latest developments in Australian sovereign defence capabilities, including command, control, communications, computers and intelligence systems, and benefit from the intended manufacture of tank ammunition in Australia.”
“The introduction of the new M1A2 vehicles will take advantage of the existing support infrastructure, with significant investment in Australian industry continuing in the areas of sustainment, simulation and training.”
The vehicles will are set to arrive in 2024 with the defence minister to confirming the new purchases, according to recent reports.
The new additions reveal the government’s interest in building a solid fleet of armoured vehicles in contrast to recent purchases of submarines and jet fighters.
The M1A2 Abrams will replace the army’s 59 Abrams M1A1s which have not seen combat since they were bought back in 2007.
The last time the army deployed a tank was in the Vietnam War, where Australian troops – predominantly army personnel – until January of 1973.
Armoured vehicles are expected to cost Australia between $30 billion and $42 billion in the next three decades as China continues to gain a military advantage.
This cost includes the purchase of ‘essential’ infantry fighting vehicles that come at a price between $18 billion and $27 billion.
The tanks have been kitted out with an upgraded armour package which claims to provide better protection against improvised explosive devices.
The vehicles are set to enter service in 2025.
The decision comes after Australia was ‘forced’ to pursue nuclear submarines because of China’s military build-up in the South China Sea and nearby Papua New Guinea, sparking fears of ‘war’.
In recent years, Communist China has built military bases in the South China Sea and terrorised smaller Asian nations like the Philippines and Vietnam with a series of naval exercises.
University of Sydney Associate Professor of Northeast Asian Politics, James Reilly, said the arms race between China on one side and Australia and the US on the other in this part of the Pacific could lead to ‘war’.
‘I personally am deeply concerned about, what we call in international relations, security dilemmas where each two sides to a dispute keep taking more and more measures that they believe are reasonable and defensive but the other side responds in kind,‘ he told reporters.
‘We end up with spirals of increasing army, military build-ups, mistrust and increasing risk of war.
The risk of war increases the more the countries are arming each other.
Perhaps, James, it is not fabricated war theatre that is the intention for these new purchases.
Maybe, just maybe, forces have withdrawn from the world to police their new enemy: The people.
Military forces have always been nothing more than an insurance policy.
What could be going on with this puchase?
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5 thoughts on “Australia spends $3.5 billion to purchase 120 military tanks from the US”
Make no mistake, this is YOUR and MY labour channeling funds back up the chain into the hands of the global elite, all under the guise of fabricated global threats and manufactured global conflicts.
The Government is simply the layer in the business structure that enables the legitimised slavery of us all.
Nicely put Simon
A ‘Olde diggers Observancies’.;
“I SAY SGT NUMB NUTS, WHAT’S THAT ARMOURED AMPHIBIAN ON THE BEACH? OMG! IS THAT, IS THAT THE NEW COVID VARIANT, EVEN AT ME BEACH?
& THOSE LADS DON’T HAVE 50+ BLOCK OUT ON! AND, THAT CAMOUFLAGE IS ‘DICKY’, I CAN STILL SEE THEM, ALONG WITH THAT NICE GREEN ‘BUFFALO’ ON A WHITE BEACH! THEY’D HAVE A BETTER CHANCE IN A POKA DOT BAKINI! GOOD OF ‘EM, TO OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING! IF THESE CHAPS ARE INVADING AUSTRALIA, SHOULDN’T THEY BE ASIGNED TO ‘FORTRESS VICTORIA?’ LIKE THE LAST LOT? WHO’S THAT? IS THAT SOROS’S ‘NEO WAFFEN SS’? SO ‘HE’ FINALLY GOT THERE! 1 OF THOSE REAL UNITS!
I’m NOT A SATANIC PERSON, BUT $3.5 Billion (OLD SCHOOL MATH) DIVIDED BY 120, Shift the 1, add 6, + Something = $291,666,666 = FUCKING EACH!! . LISTEN SONNY! I THINK ‘THE DEVIL’S IN THE NUMBERS!’ AND, SO FOR 7.5 TANKS, I COULD BUILD A COMPLETE, FROM NOTHING, FIONA STANLEY HOSPITAL,FULLY COMPLETE EVEN WITH ‘COST’ OVER RUNS?? A VACANT BIT OF DIRT SON??
SGT NUMB NUTS? IS THAT AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS OR YANKEE? &, HAS IDIOT BENJAMIN BUTTON, ‘LOCKED IN A PRICE, SEALED AGAINST ‘EXCHANGE RATES’, ‘FIXED A DELIVERY TIME’, & MADE SURE (AGAIN), WE DON’T GET FUCKED OVER BY THE YANKS? DO WE GET ‘ANY” BLOODEY SPARE PARTS?
SORRY SGT, I THINK THIS HAS GOT AS MUCH FORESIGHT, AS MY FORESKIN OR THAT WELDERS ‘DOG’! I SAY TAXI! I THINK this Dogs ‘STUFFED’ Mate!
I THOUGT THAT PRIME MONKEY, SORRY, MINISTREL OF OURS – ER, What’s his Bloody Name – SCUD Bucket, NAH! SKODA – NAH, THAT CAR SEEMS USEFULL! SCUMO – NAH! SACHMO? – NAH! HE WAS A TRUE PERVAYOR OF WIND & A REAL NICE BLOKE! SHIT THIS ALZHEIMERS GOT ME IN A PICKLE! SHOULD HAVE STAYED AWAY FROM THE BLOODEY ALUMINIUM! BUT, CHRIST, SORRY LORD! THEY’VE BLOODEY LACED IT EVERYWHERE! I FEEL LIKE THE ALI MAN IN WIZARD OF OZ! HEY! THAT’S LOCAL! Now Where’s ME ‘red shoes?’ Better carry On!
SCAMO, NAH! BLOODEY CLOSE THOUGH! AH! CLICK! SCOMO! DIDN’T HE GO TO A CLIMATE CONFERENCE IN SCOTLAND CALLED COP -ULATOR 20 SOMETHING? I SUPPOSE ALL THIS MILITARY KIT FITS IN WITH ENVIRONMENT ‘PLANET’ SAVING, LIKE A FINGER IN A BUM! THANK GOD I SAY FOR AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINSTRELS!
BY THE WAY SCAMO, CAN YA SPARE A COUPLE OF BOB, FROM YA WEAPON SYSTEM ACQUISITIONS ( Shit that’s a ‘Big’ word for me! Where’d that come from?), TO AFFORD SOME ‘ON THE GROUND ‘NEVER ENDING WAR’ VETS REPATRIATION’? FEEL I’M PART OF A
‘SEE ME, NOT, CIRCUS!’
OH BUGGAR! THEY’VE CANCELLED ANZAC DAY! Suppose they’ll NEED the cost of a cup of Tea & me Ginger Nut Bikky, to pay for all those ‘OUTSTANDING’ amphibians!
GREEN! ON A BLOODEY BEACH! Numb Nuts? Can I get a couple of Bob from Ya for a Cuppa & a biscuit?
‘Olde Mate returns’.
“BUGGAR That ALUMINIUM! AND Forgot to Lick Me Pencil & shift the Decimal Point! AH Graphite, that takes me back, (wonder what else they’ll use that for in future?)!
SO, That is $ – STILL NOT SURE If That’s ‘Ours’ or ‘Theirs’, ‘Cos ours Currently is Pathetically Devalued on Purpose. =
29,166,666 AND,66c EACH! Wonder if they come with ‘Spares’? & here I was on me Tod, thinking that THE Yanks, were ‘Trading’, 60 – 70% Insolvent! Must have ‘Printed’ some more Cash!
LOVELY financial ‘Resolution’, AGAIN, ‘Cos it ‘Worked SO well’, the couple of times before!
Musing;(Those Russkies build a good Tank! & WE ‘SOLD’ Darwin to the Chinese for a 100Years, maybe we could get a Better Deal from them? They could have a Tank ‘Showrooms’ on the Dock, & ‘Warranties’ could be resolved by another Foreign/ Local Manufacturer in the Vein of Ford, G.M. & Toyota. Maybe they’ll let us ‘Assemble’ them here (AMI Reborn)! The Chinese ones looked ‘Impressive in Tiananmen Square’! Actually, right up until that lad with the shopping bags stepped in front of ’em! Buggar! Don’t even think HE was wearing a Mask! They’ll need something in Victoria to ‘Run over Things! – STOP the Musing!)
So I’ll need 68.57 YANK Tanks to Build a COMPLETE Hospital! Obviously for the Struggling Civil Population, especially under CON JOB19, THE Tanks must be FAR More Important! & besides, THEY’LL , NEED, these Weapons to ‘ENFORCE’ COP – something 20 to stop US ‘Interacting with Nature’!
Wonder why the Old ones are Obsolete, After NEVER Firing a ‘Shot in Anger?’
Now I’ve Corrected My Maths, can I get a Cuppa & a Gingernut biscuit? 2 Bikkies, if ya got an extra spare! Lovely.
Feeling better now I got that sorted! Wonder if they’ve got a job in Treasury or Govt Contracts oversight? Seeing their Operations, perhaps they’ve got issues with Aluminium & graphite as well?
Excuse me, can you put a Urn of tea on, & bring a Box of Bikkies? Those Government ‘Figures Boys, & Girls’, may need to ‘Clear their Minds!’ ”