US approves $2.8 billion sale of military equipment to Australia

BYYasir Rehman


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The Pentagon, United States department of defence has approved the sale of Black Hawk helicopters and equipment to Australia, for an estimated cost of $2.8 billion.

“Australia had requested to buy 40 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and the principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Corp”, the Pentagon said.

In May 2022 United States also approved the sale of mobile rocket launchers to Australia.

Sale of new military equipment is approved at a times when Australia seeks to boost its military presence in the Indo-Pacific region.

Australia has been boosting its defense spending over the past few years as China looks to step up its presence in the Indo-Pacific region.

Last year, Australia signed AUKUS deal to buy nuclear submarines from the United States and Britain.

The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of the possible sale on Thursday.

On August 3, 2022, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced the launch of a strategic review into Australia’s $270 billion defence procurement strategy to examine the posture, preparedness, and structure of the country’s military and spending on new weapons and equipment from 2023–24 to 2032–33 and beyond.

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