Australia is expanding its armed forces, generally replacing equipment with equal numbers of new systems while adding capabilities. The trend has been underway for a decade or more, even though spending hit a low of 1.6% as a fraction of GDP in fiscal 2013-14. It is now expected to reach a target of 2% by 2020-21.  The funds will pay for such enhancements as replacing 18 Lockheed P-3C maritime patrol aircraft with 15 Boeing P-8A Poseidons and seven Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton UAVs. A ...

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