“In recent years, the Australian defense budget has fluctuated around the 1,5% of GDP. The government plans to increase military spending to keep the defense budget at the level recommended for NATO countries, i.e. 2% of GDP ”, - writes the publication with reference to the draft of the upcoming publication of the“ White Book ”on defense.
According to the draft security concept, "the number of Australian Defense Forces will be increased by 5 thousand people - to 63 thousand military personnel."
The replenishment will be distributed between the Ground Forces, the Air Force and fleet.
It is also reported that "at present, the Australian Government is holding a tender for the renewal of the submarine fleet of the country, which participants are Germany, France and Japan."
According to the newspaper, these countries "offer their own models of non-nuclear submarines, which should replace the six obsolete Australian Collins-class submarines." In total, the government intends to order the submarines from the winner of the 12.