Originally posted by Daedalus3
ok.. a different kidn of a question..
IF they did NOT have them, what what be a good number of warheads, delivery means, and yields for minimum credible deterence (presuming min cred
deterence is what they would want)?
50-100 bombs, 25KT-200KT, F-111s, Blue Streak(?)... ?
If Australia were to get nukes, all we would need is the capability to hit as far as China's coast, say Shanghai and Beijing.
Wether the entire city is destroyed or not is irrelevant. Nobody wants one of their major cities nuked.
Closer to home, a few MRBM's with multiple warheads, say 5 per missile, and Jakarta is toast. That pretty much will keep the Indonesians at bay for
ever, or until they decide to develop nukes.
And that's the problem right there. As soon as Australia gets them, everyone around us will go nuts and get them.
Anyway, it's always been the belief that we are too far, and too large to invade.
The desert out here is not a hospitable place, and that is really all there is until you hit the east and south east where the majority of the
And the only threat we could face in a non world war scenario is from Indonesia...and they lack the capability to effecitively launch a large scale
amphibious assault against Australia and land enough troops and equipment to make it count.
All of the big airbases up north and west are kept operational around the year. If tensions rise for some reason and we edge closer to the brink with
Indonesia(unthinkable anyway), RAAF will forward deploy to those bases.
And we would know well in advance of a massive Indonesia assault, due to the JORN network which is an over the horizon radar network used to monitor
Australia's northern waters and approaches and well beyond that(the true capabilities are a state secret).
In short, we don't need nukes.
Anyone who thinks we have nukes, I challenge you to provide the evidence.
Anyone who thinks we have wmd factories underground, I challenge you to provide the evidence.
Anyone who thinks we have foreign nukes in Australia, I challenge you to provide the evidence.
All this bs started anyway because the original poster misinterpreted the article as if it was the official Australian government position, when the
Australian government had nothing to do with it.