US agrees to sell 12 attack aircraft to Australia

The US government has agreed to sell 12 attack aircraft and one electronic warfare aircraft to Australia for a total contract value of more than 1 billion USD, the US State Department said on October 8.

US Navy EA-18G Growler fighter jet. File photo: AFP
US Navy EA-18G Growler fighter jet. File photo: AFP

The administration of President Joe Biden has informed Congress of the decision, the ministry said.

The planes sold are multirole, which can be deployed for attack on submarines, surface ships, refueling, rescue or transport missions.

Meanwhile, the electronic warfare aircraft belongs to the Boeing EA-18G Growler series.

The above information comes not long after the US, Australia and the UK signed the AUKUS Tripartite Security Agreement to promote strategic defense cooperation.

“Australia is one of the most important allies of the United States in the Western Pacific” and has a strategic position and economic and political strength that can make an important contribution to ensuring peace and economic stability in the region.

Currently, Australia has 24 Seahawk helicopters and 10 US Growler helicopters. However, the country still offered to buy 12 more MH-60R Seahawks and associated equipment, with an estimated total value of 985 million USD.

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