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“We will continue to invest in advanced capabilities to give the Australian Defense Force more options to deter aggression against Australian interests,” said Senator Reynolds.

Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said the new hypersonic missiles were necessary to deter aggression against Australia. (Getty)

He did not disclose the cost of developing the missiles or when they would be operational.

In the Federal Government defense review announced earlier this year, Australia set aside up to $ 9.3 billion for long-range, high-speed missile defense systems, including hypersonic research.

Hypersonic missiles can travel at more than five times the speed of sound and the combination of speed, handling, and altitude makes them difficult to track and intercept.

He did not disclose the cost of developing the missiles or when they would be operational.

In this photo taken from undated images distributed by the Press Service of the Russian Defense Ministry, an ICBM takes off from a truck-mounted launcher somewhere in Russia. (AP)

China is close to deploying hypersonic systems armed with conventional warheads, according to defense analysts.

Last year, Russia launched its first nuclear-capable hypersonic missiles, while the Pentagon aims to deploy similar weapons in the mid-2020s.

Australia said in July that it would increase defense spending by 40 per cent over the next 10 years to buy longer-range strike capabilities by air, sea and land.

But Australia’s collaboration with the United States on missile development, however, could fuel tensions with China.

Relations between Canberra and Beijing reached a new low after a senior Chinese official published a false image of an Australian soldier holding a knife to the throat of an Afghan boy.

The Chinese missile frigate Yuncheng launches an anti-ship missile during a military exercise in the waters near Hainan Island and the Paracel Islands in southern China.
The Chinese missile frigate Yuncheng launches an anti-ship missile during a military exercise in the waters near Hainan Island and the Paracel Islands in southern China. (AP)

Biden’s assistant pledges to support Australia

Jake Sullivan, whom Biden has selected to be his national security adviser, tweeted that the United States will be “shoulder to shoulder” with its longtime ally.

“The Australian people have made great sacrifices to protect freedom and democracy around the world.

“As we have done for a century, the United States will stand shoulder to shoulder with our ally Australia and unite other democracies to advance our security, prosperity and shared values.”

Sullivan previously advised Biden on national security issues when he was vice president during the Obama administration.

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