Australia has announced that it will buy more than 200 Tomahawk cruise missiles from the US for its navy, and will join the small league of countries that have the 1,500-kilometer range missiles.

Britain and the United States are the only two countries that have the missile technology.

Australia’s Defense industry Minister, Pat Conroy said the Tomahawk cruise missiles would be some of the most powerful and technologically advanced weapons in Australia’s armory.

Meanwhile, Air vice marshal Gerry Van Leeuwen said investing in the capabilities of the Defence Force is necessary to hold adversaries and risk further from the shores and keep Australians safe in the complex and uncertain world.

Besides the Tomahawk missiles, the Australian government has also agreed to buy more than 60 extended range anti-radar missiles.

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