Australian media said the Australian Army combat power is poor old equipment can not win a modern war
Royal Australian Air Force equipped with F-111 fighter-bomber group
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recent years, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to actively participate in military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and introduced a a series of ambitious army general plan. However, on March 31, “The Australian” has criticized the practice of purely “grandiose,” said the Australian military forces simply can not meet the majority of modern warfare.
independent survey conducted by the newspaper, the Australian armed forces combat readiness level “people are deeply worried”:
bear the brunt of air power. Active duty F-111 bombers of the 1960s is outdated design, because the hidden nature of poor in the radar signal as large as if the house can not get out in the battle. Newer F/A-18 “Hornet” fighter in modern air defense system under the same difficult to survive because they do not have a mature electronic warfare capabilities.
Navy’s situation is very bad. As the main fleet of “Anzac” self-defense class frigates fire, and it can air in the U.S. military under the umbrella of activities. Only six, “Collins’ class submarines in half lying on the dock repairs, and the rest because of the lack of qualified sailors and difficult to work properly.
even the best ground state, the same soldiers strained by problems. More deadly, the counter-terrorism mission in Afghanistan for 33 “Black Hawk” helicopters, equipped with the engine has no infrared suppression devices, portable missiles in the face of the enemy targets with the same live.
Ironically, even dilapidated Australian Army weapons, the country’s annual military spending is still $ 22 billion. So much money in the end was used in the where? Many defense experts believe that such a contrast that the Government could not handle the long-term planning and the relationship between active equipment upgrades. “The investment focus over the military tend to ‘future’ rather than ‘now’,” former defense consultant Daniel Cote Riel said, “For example, if you want to immediately with an enemy equipped with modern war of national defense capabilities, with our The current capacity is impossible. “
Rudd Government will soon release new version of” Defense White Paper “, March 31, the day is the 88 anniversary of the birth of the Australian Air Force. There are comments that “The Australian” published so “unpleasant” in the media, regardless of whether the military’s criticism of the actual situation, the timing is worth pondering.