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Conservative coalition leader Tony Abbott claims victory in Australia

CANBERRA, Australia, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Opposition leader Tony Abbott told supporters "Australia is under new management" as he claimed victory in Saturday's parliamentary election.

Indonesia buying more Australian C-130Hs

CANBERRA, Australia, July 26 (UPI) -- Indonesia is purchasing five C-130H aircraft and associated equipment from Australia, Australian Minister of Defense Stephen Smith announced.

Australia upgrading submarine fleet

CANBERRA, Australia, June 14 (UPI) -- Australia plans to upgrade its Collins-class submarine fleet and improve maintenance, sustainability and availability.

Australia and India plan naval exercise

CANBERRA, Australia, June 6 (UPI) -- Australia and India will hold their first joint naval exercise in 2015, Australian Minster for Defense Stephen Smith said.

India, Australia to deepen defense ties

NEW DELHI, May 28 (UPI) -- Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony will visit Australia next month to boost bilateral military ties. Antony had originally been scheduled to visit in January.

Australia to procure EA-18 Growlers

CANBERRA, Australia, May 3 (UPI) -- The Australian government has decided to procure 12 new-build EA-18 Growler electronic attack aircraft from the United States.

Australia to hand over Afghan base

PERTH, Australia, March 26 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced Tuesday Multi National Base Tarin Kowt will be handed to Afghanistan by the end of the year.

Australia struggles with bloated defense contracts

MELBOURNE, March 8 (UPI) -- Projected Australian Defense Force budget constraints are impacting military acquisition programs.

Defense cuts threaten Australian subs

MELBOURNE, March 7 (UPI) -- The Australian navy wants to replace its submarine fleet but budget cuts may affect the plan.

Australian defense cuts to hit deployments, weapons

SURRY HILLS, Australia, March 4 (UPI) -- Proposed Australian defense cuts to impact everything from deployments to weapons acquisitions.

U.N. peacekeepers leave Timor-Leste

DILI, Timor-Leste, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The United Nations ended its peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste after 13 years and the country's struggle for stability after independence in 2002.

Wedgetail off defense 'concern' list

FYSHWICK, Australia, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- The Wedgetail has been removed from the Australia's "Projects of Concern" list.

Australia wants more F-18 Super Hornets

SURRY HILLS, Australia, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Australia is seeking to buy 24 more F-18 Super Hornet aircraft in a deal that would double the size of the Australian air force F-18 fleet.

Australia's sub fleet may serve longer

BORDERTOWN, Australia, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Australia's fleet of six Collins class submarines may see their expected service life extended.

Adelaide's submarine propulsion test site

ADELAIDE, Australia, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- As Australia moves toward a new generation of submarines, Adelaide is to get a submarine test site.

Australian submarines criticized

CANBERRA, Australia, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Each Australian Collins class submarine spends up to twice as long in maintenance as foreign submarines.

Military abuse victims welcome apologies

CANBERRA, Australia, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Australians who say they suffered abuse while in the military say they are pleased to hear apologies from military and government officials.

U.S. military space systems for Australia

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. military is locating two key space systems -- the U.S. Air Force C-band ground radar system and of the Space Surveillance Telescope -- in Australia.

Aussie navy tests Hobart torpedo launchers

CANBERRA, Australia, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Australia successfully test-fired the torpedo launcher system for the second of the three new Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers, all of which are under construction.

Australia commits to Poseidon development

CANBERRA, Australia, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The Australian government formally allocated nearly $81 million toward development of Boeing's P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft, the replacement for the country's ageing AP-3C Orion planes.

Australia buying more 155mm howitzers

CANBERRA, Australia, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Australian Defense Forces are to receive 19 additional M777A2 howitzers manufactured in the United States at a cost of about $71.8 million.

Australian troops end joint patrols with Afghan soldiers

CANBERRA, Australia, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Amid security concerns, Australian ISAF troops have ended joint patrols with the Afghan military.

Australia buys Growler systems for Hornets

CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Australia has confirmed it will acquire Growler electronic warfare systems for its Super Hornet aircraft through the United States Foreign Military Sales process.

Australia sets out F-18 maintenance tender

CANBERRA, Australia, May 10 (UPI) -- Australia has sent out a request for tender for deeper maintenance for its fleet of 71 Classic Hornet fighter aircraft.

PM hints Canada might extend Afghan role

OTTAWA, April 26 (UPI) -- Canadian special forces combat troops could remain in Afghanistan after regular troops return home in 2014, Parliament was told.
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