Under the three-nation AUKUS security agreement, the Pentagon has authorised the sale of 220 Tomahawk cruise missiles to Australia.

The $368 billion (US$245 billion) deal, which would cost Australia up to five nuclear-powered attack submarines over the next ten years, was announced prior to the $1.3 billion (US$895 million) agreement.

Richard Marles, the Australian Defense Minister, announced the agreement on March 17.

“We are working with the U.S. on having more missile capability because it’s a really important part of what we need to be doing with our posture, which is to have a greater ability to project,” Marles said.

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