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Australia wants smart sea mines to put China in check – Asia Times

Australia is looking hard at China to buy smart mines. This procurement is most likely driven by changing concepts of sea superiority, uncertain prospects for acquiring nuclear submarines under AUKUS, and a renewed interest in having a homegrown mine warfare capability. .

The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) reported this week. Australia will spend up to $698 million to purchase an unspecified number of smart mines from an unnamed European unmanned weapons supplier. Italy and Spain are the two leading mine producers in Europe.

According to the report, the Australian Department of Defense (DOD) has a high-altitude airship that can be triggered by acoustic, magnetic, and pressure signatures of passing warships and can be turned on and off to allow passage of friendly ships. I plan to purchase a multi-effect submarine mine.

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