Australia Set To manufacture and export missiles to the United States And Others.
Australia will manufacture and export missiles to the United States, and possibly other countries too, within two years.
The announcement will dominate the high level Australia- United States Ministerial (AUSMIN) consultations in Brisbane today.
The US government is believed to be allocating $4 billion for the missile manufacturing.
It is being driven by the war in Ukraine highlighting a troubling lack of ammunition stocks in Western nations including the US.
Economic Security Program Director at the US Studies Centre Hayley Channer told Weekend Today the US would licence the intellectual property but it would be manufactured in Australia.
Officials from both countries are downplaying concerns the AUKUS pact could be derailed in the US Congress, after 23 Senate Republicans said they would not support the proposal.
Channer said she was really hoping to see progress and all three countries could make AUKUS a reality.
She admitted the missile production had a lot to do with China’s rise in the Pacific, adding that China now had a military larger than the US.