In addition, the AUKUS countries intend to create means to jointly counter hypersonic weapons and electronic warfare.
Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom will begin joint work on developing hypersonic weapons as part of the AUKUS defense partnership, according to a tripartite statement by the leaders of the countries published on the website of the British government.
The statement also says that the parties will work to develop means to counter hypersonic weapons and electronic warfare. In addition, Washington, London, and Canberra will expand efforts to share information and cooperate in defense innovation.
“These measures are planned as an addition to our efforts to deepen cooperation in cyber, artificial intelligence, quantum technologies, and advanced capabilities in the field of underwater vehicles,” the statement said. The countries also promised to involve allies and partners in this work in the future.
AUKUS members reaffirmed their commitment to a “free and open Indo-Pacific.”
The fact that US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the joint development of hypersonic weapons earlier on Tuesday was reported by the Financial Times. The newspaper wrote that the countries intend to counter China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region.
The United States has previously expressed concern about China’s development and launch of its hypersonic weapons. In the fall, the Financial Times wrote that the development of Beijing is based on technologies unknown to the United States. The newspaper claimed that the Chinese aircraft was able to achieve speeds of five times the speed of sound and, at the same time, launch, which no other country had previously been able to do. Experts argued that China managed to move much further than the Pentagon in developing hypersonic weapons.
AUKUS was established in September 2021. Within the framework of the alliance, Australia has planned to build its nuclear submarine fleet, while the submarines will carry conventional weapons, not nuclear ones.