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Australia boosts firepower by signing up for HIMARS and NSM

8th January 2023 - 23:20 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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Australia is acquiring 20 launcher HIMARS units to meet its long-range fires requirement under Project Land 8113 Phase 1. (Photo: Gordon Arthur)

Deals have been inked for rocket launchers and anti-ship missiles, as Australia enhances its range and lethality.

Australia has signed on the dotted line for HIMARS for the Australian Army, and Naval Strike Missiles (NSM) for the Royal Australian Navy, according to an announcement by Canberra on 5 January.

Defence Minister Richard Marles claimed: ‘The Albanese government is taking a proactive approach to keeping Australia safe – and the Naval Strike Missile and HIMARS launchers will give our defence force the ability to deter conflict and protect our interests.’

Despite claiming this high ground, Marles neglected to say that both these acquisitions were well and truly set in motion by the previous Scott Morrison government under Project

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Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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