Australia Boosts its Defence Personnel by Some 30 per cent by 2040
He underlined that the military buildup reflected his government's acknowledgement of the "threats and the environment that face as a country, as a liberal democracy in the Indo-Pacific " Australia stated in September that it would acquire nuclear-powered submarines as part of AUKUS, new Australia-Britain-US defence cooperation. The country cancelled the multi-billion euro submarine deal to establish a new one.
Morrison said some of the new troops would be assigned to support the future submarine fleet. Australia says it plans to arm the submarines with conventional weapons but has yet to decide on the details of the program, including whether to opt for a fleet based on US or British nuclear-powered attack submarines.
Forged at a time of growing Chinese influence in the Pacific region, the AUKUS alliance would make Australia the only non-nuclear weapons power with nuclear-powered submarines capable of submersed as long as it requires without surfacing.