posted on Jun, 10 2005 @ 12:11 AM
Report decries need for destroyers
By Max Blenkin
June 08, 2005
"AUSTRALIA runs the risk of buying advanced warships it doesn't need, with the $6 billion cost forcing cuts to other key defence programs, a top
defence analyst has warned today."
"Hugh White, a former defence official, said defence was apparently considering cutting the proposed number of new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters from
100 to 60 to meet the cost of the three new air warfare destroyers (AWDs)."
"In an analysis released today by the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Mr White said there was no compelling strategic reason to buy the AWDs
or to build them in Australia."
At least they'd still buy some JSFs...