The UK, US and Australia have agreed to work collectively on hypersonic and anti-hypersonic weaponry because the three nations reiterated “unwavering dedication” to a global system which “respects human rights”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison issued an agreed assertion on Tuesday as a part of the AUKUS army pact introduced final 12 months.
Initially surrounding submarines, Mr Johnson beforehand recommended the alliance might transcend that and, on Tuesday, the trio dedicated to “start new trilateral co-operation on hypersonics and counter-hypersonics, and digital warfare capabilities, in addition to to develop info sharing and to deepen co-operation on defence innovation”.
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The Russian army has boasted about its use of the Kinzhal hypersonic missile in Ukraine, the primary time it had been utilized in fight.
In a press release, the AUKUS leaders stated: “We reaffirmed our dedication to AUKUS and to a free and open Indo-Pacific. In mild of Russia’s unprovoked, unjustified, and illegal invasion of Ukraine, we reiterated our unwavering dedication to a global system that respects human rights, the rule of legislation, and the peaceable decision of disputes free from coercion.”
They added: “We additionally dedicated at the moment to start new trilateral cooperation on hypersonics and counter-hypersonics, and digital warfare capabilities, in addition to to develop info sharing and to deepen co-operation on defence innovation.
“These initiatives will add to our current efforts to deepen co-operation on cyber capabilities, synthetic intelligence, quantum applied sciences, and extra undersea capabilities.
“As our work progresses on these, and different crucial defence and safety capabilities, we are going to search alternatives to have interaction allies and shut companions.”
The leaders additionally stated they have been “happy with the progress” Australia was making within the growth of nuclear-powered submarines.
The preliminary announcement of the AUKUS pact brought about outrage in Paris, because the submarine deal got here on the expense of a profitable settlement between Australia and France to supply diesel-electric boats.