Australia’s special forces are to receive additional funding of AUD500 million (USD335 million) over the next four years as part of a 20-year, AUD3 billion programme to boost their deployability and ensure their continuing access to cutting-edge technology.
Announcing the first stage of Project Greyfin on 12 August, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the new funding is meant to ensure the country’s special forces have access to leading-edge capabilities to better to respond to threats including terrorism.
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds added that these capabilities would include “the best” body armour, weapons, diving, parachuting, roping and climbing systems, medical search-and-rescue and communications equipment, human performance training and support, “and everything else they need to help ensure Australia’s security”.
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