U.S. missile sale to Australia targets China

Australia is receiving new extended-range missiles from the United States. These are intended to strengthen Australia's military capabilities in the event of a confrontation with China. In the event of war between the United States and China, Australia would also be the focus of long-range Chinese attacks.

In one of the most critical arms deals in recent times in the Pacific region, the U.S. State Department has approved the sale of 80 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range (JASSM-ER) missiles worth US$235 million to Australia, according to press reports.

Australian Aviation reported this month that the stealthy cruise missiles have a range of 935 kilometers and can be deployed from the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) F-35 Lightning . . .

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