Friday 08 Oct 2021 | 04:49 | SYDNEY
Friday 08 Oct 2021 | 04:49 | SYDNEY

An important question for the Defence Minister


Sam Roggeveen


15 May 2009 11:16

And the question is, is this true?:

Why is the (US) Navy promoting AEGIS BMD (ballistic missile defence)...when the new anti-ship ballistic missile capability being developed by China cannot be stopped by the Lockheed Martin AEGIS BMD capability of the DDG-51. Oh, you didn't know the DDG-51 not only can't, but will never be able to meet that threat? The Navy knows this, so does Lockheed Martin, and so do the people pushing the DDG-51 for BMD purposes.

If it is true, why is the Government investing $6 billion to build three destroyers that will carry the very same AEGIS combat system? The Defence White Paper made much of developing a 'hedge' against growing Chinese military capability, but if that hedge has a giant hole in it through which Chinese ballistic missiles can pass, what's the point?