CANBERRA, Australia - Australian Prime
Minister Scott Morrison has announced a multibillion-dollar investment in new
equipment for the nation's special forces.
Morrison on Monday announced that A$3 billion ($2.03 billion)
will be invested in the special forces over 20 years in order to better respond
to threats, including that of terrorism. Special forces are elite units of the
Navy and Air Force.
Under the first stage of the plan, A$500 million will be
invested in special operations capabilities.
"I've always said keeping Australians safe is my
government's number one priority. That's why we're ensuring the men and women
in our special forces have the equipment and training they need to succeed in
their operations," Morrison said.
"Australian special forces undertake complex, highly
demanding operations in high threat environments."
"Global threats will continue to evolve in ways which
threaten Australia's interests. This funding will ensure our special forces
have cutting edge capabilities to stay ahead of those who might threaten
The investment in the special forces is part of a planned A$200
billion investment in Australia's military capabilities over the next decade,
the largest peacetime investment in defense in Australian history.
"This commitment continues to pursue the special operations
capability enhancements outlined in the Defence White Paper 2016." said
the official statement on Monday.
"By 2020-21, we will have restored investment in defense to
2 percent of GDP," said the statement.
Linda Reynolds, Australia's Minister for Defence, said that the
funding would be spent on equipment for the special forces.
It will be supplemented by 16 new special operations helicopters
already announced by the Australian Defence Force, which will be delivered in
2022, according to The Australian report.