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Latest news: Defence

Australia and France strike defence pact on base access

Australian soldiers will have greater access to French military bases in the Pacific region and Indian Ocean under a new defence pact.

Australia to spend $1.6b on boosting missile capabilities

Australia is boosting the number of High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers it plans to acquire for the defence force as part of the far-reaching defence strategic review.

Ben Roberts- Smith to learn defamation fate

Almost 11 months after his lengthy trial, Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith will soon learn whether his defamation case over war crimes reports has been successful.

Defence to offer retention bonuses for service members

More money has been put aside to help deal with a backlog of veteran claims and cash retention bonuses will be handed out to Australian Defence Force members to continue serving in the force.

Hard defence cuts on agenda following strategic review

Further details are expected to be revealed following recommendations Australian Defence Force projects be stripped back immediately to cut costs, including a reduction in infantry fighting vehicles from 450 to 129.

Commemorate Anzac Day at the Australian War Memorial

Anzac Day is only a few weeks away, and the Australian War Memorial is encouraging people to prepare for the 108th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.

UK PM Rishi Sunak boosts defence spending to silence critics

In an update to Britain's foreign policy framework, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will spend an extra five billion pounds ($A9.1 billion) to replenish ammunition stocks and fund the next phase of a submarine pact with the United States and Australia.

Denmark scraps public holiday to fund defence spending

Denmark's parliament has passed a much-debated bill put forward by the new government to scrap a public holiday to help finance increased defence spending.

Australia to host Indo-Pacific naval exercise for first time

Australia will host a key upcoming international naval exercise for the first time as the government hails the strength of its relationship with India.

Australia calls for peace after China war warning

Australia will continue to pursue peace in the Indo-Pacific after a top US general warned Western allies will need to use all possible measures to avoid a war with China.

Australia’s major defence projects delayed, over budget

At least 28 major defence projects are a cumulative century behind schedule and 18 are over budget, the government has revealed.

Nuclear submarines could arrive sooner from US

Australia's first batch of nuclear-powered submarines could arrive earlier via the United States, as Anthony Albanese reaffirms the country's commitment to the AUKUS treaty.