Australia will spend more than $3.5billion to purchase 120 tanks and other armoured vehicles from the United States.
The upgrade could see the Australian Army gain up to 75 Abrams tanks, 29 assault breacher vehicles, 17 joint assault bridge vehicles, and six armoured recovery vehicles.
Defence minister Peter Dutton says the tanks, teamed up with other vehicles, would provide the ADF with critical firepower for land operations.
Australia will spend more than $3.5billion to purchase 120 tanks and other armoured vehicles from the United States (pictured, a US tank during training in Georgia)
‘Teamed with the infantry fighting vehicle, combat engineering vehicles, and self-propelled howitzers, the new Abrams will give our soldiers the best possibility of success and protection from harm,’ Mr Dutton said.
‘The M1A2 Abrams will incorporate the latest developments in Australian sovereign defence capabilities, including command, control, communications, computers and intelligence systems, and benefit from the intended manufacture of tank ammunition in Australia.
‘The introduction of the new M1A2 vehicles will take advantage of the existing support infrastructure, with significant investment in Australian industry continuing in the areas of sustainment, simulation and training.’
The vehicles will are set to arrive in 2024.
The new additions reveal the government’s interest in building a solid fleet of armoured vehicles in contrast to the purchase of submarines and jet fighters.