A military project between America and Australia to develop hypersonic missiles
Australian Defense Minister (Linda Reynolds) said that her country will participate with the United States of America in developing hypersonic cruise missiles, and added that it will continue to invest in advanced capabilities to give Australian defense more options to deter aggression against Australia's interests.
This step comes in an attempt by Australia to confront China and Russia, and the minister did not disclose the cost of developing these missiles or when they will start work.
Australia has committed $ 6.8 billion this year for long-range, high-speed defense missiles, including research on hypersonic missiles.
These missiles are more than five times faster than the speed of sound and are difficult to track or intercept due to the combination of speed, maneuverability and altitude.
Russia last year developed its first hypersonic nuclear-capable missiles, while the US Department of Defense, which tested a similar missile in 2017, was aiming to enter the field of supersonic combat capabilities early this year.
Defense analysts say China has deployed or is about to deploy supersonic systems armed with conventional warheads.
Australia said in July that it would boost its defense spending by 40 percent over the next 10 years, to gain longer range offensive capabilities at sea, air and land.
The Australian move came after Canberra expanded its military focus from the Pacific to the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Australia's cooperation with the United States in developing missiles could raise tensions with China, knowing that relations between the two countries fell again, Monday, after a senior Chinese official published an unreal picture of an Australian soldier placing a bloodied knife on the throat of an Afghan child.