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March 11, 2022 | International, Aerospace, Naval, Land, C4ISR, Security

L’Australie augmente significativement les effectifs de son armée

L'Australie va renforcer les effectifs de son armée d'environ 30 % d'ici à 2040, a annoncé, jeudi 10 mars, son Premier ministre, Scott Morrison. Les forces de défense australiennes atteindront 80 000 personnes, soit un renfort de 18 500 soldats, pour un coût de quelque 38 Md$ australiens (25 Md€ environ), a-t-il déclaré lors d'une conférence de presse dans une caserne de l'armée, à Brisbane. Selon M. Morrison, il s'agit de « la plus forte augmentation » des effectifs des forces de défense « en temps de paix dans l'histoire de l'Australie ». Ce renforcement militaire marque, selon lui, la reconnaissance par son gouvernement des « menaces et de l'environnement auxquels nous sommes confrontés en tant que pays, en tant que démocratie libérale dans l'Indo-Pacifique ».

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