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The defense comprises 53,000 men with about 21,000 men in reserve and (2005) is organized in an army of 26,000 men made up of battalions/regiment units with 100 tanks and 22 modern attack helicopters, etc. under mobile command and a mobilizable reserve, 17,200 men. The base consists of a division and six brigades. A command force, SAS, exists. The navy comprises about 13,000 men, 14,500 men fully manned, with six submarines, ten fighters/frigates, 15 patrol boats, two landing craft and a naval aircraft with 23 submarine helicopters. The Air Force comprises 14,000 men, 15,500 fully-staffed, with 140 fighter aircraft, of which 22 are F-111. The equipment is of European and American origin.

Military of AustraliaDefense costs have decreased from 3.4 to 1.9% of GDP in 1985-2005. Within the framework of the ANZUS Pact (1951, renewed in 1996), defense preparations are being conducted in close cooperation with the United States and New Zealand. Along with the UK and New Zealand, Australia has committed to supporting the defense of Malaysia (with 115 men) and Singapore. A smaller naval force normally resides in the Indian Ocean. Australia participates in several peacekeeping operations, in Iraq with one battalion (850 men) and three sea surveillance aircraft, in the Solomon Islands (350 men) and in Afghanistan, Cyprus, East Timor, Egypt, the Middle East (UNTSO), Papua New Guinea and Sudan. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that AUS stands for Australia.

Military of Australia

Australia's defense overview

The total force numbers for Australia's armed forces are 57,050 active personnel, with a reserve of 21,050 personnel (2018, IISS). All military service is now on a voluntary basis, following the abolition of public service in 1972. Both men and women can serve from the age of 17.

Australia, together with New Zealand and the United States, is a member of the defense and security organization ANZUS.


The army has a staff of 29,000 active personnel. Heavier materials comprises 59 tanks of the type M1 Abrams, 253 armored vehicles and 1,042 armored personnel. Besides including 22 combat helicopters of the type EC665 Tiger, 82 transport helicopters and 15 moderately heavy drones.

Air Force

The Air Force has a workforce of 14,400 active personnel. Materials included 105 fighter aircraft (including 71 Hornet, 24 Super Hornet and 10 F-35 Lightning II), 12 Growler EK aircraft, 33 Hawk training and light fighter aircraft, 22 patrol and anti-submarine aircraft (15 Orion and seven Poseidon), six E-7 Road Detail AWACS aircraft, five KC-30A tankers, 51 transport aircraft (including eight Globemaster III and 12 Hercules) and 74 training aircraft.

The Navy

The Navy has a workforce of 13,660 active personnel. The fleet includes six tactical submarines, two amfibieangrepsskip of Canberra-class, one dock landing ships of Bay class, two fighters Hobart class, 11 frigate (three of Adelaide class and eight Anzac class), 15 patrol boats, four mine sweepers, 17 landings vessels and 14 logistics and auxiliary vessels. The Navy's Air Force has 24 anti-submarine helicopters and 25 transport helicopters.

International operations

Australia had forces in Egypt in 2018 (27 personnel, Operation Mazurka), in Malaysia (120 personnel), in the Philippines (Operation Augury: 100 personnel), in the United Arab Emirates (Operation Accordion: 500 personnel and two transport aircraft, and Operation Okra: 150 personnel, one AEW & C aircraft and one tanker) and in Iraq (Operation Okra: 380 personnel).

Australia participated in 2018 in the NATO operation will in Afghanistan (Operation Resolute Support) with 270 personnel in UN operations in the Middle East (UNTSO) with 12 observers, and in South Sudan (United Nations Mission in South Sudan) with 23 personnel and one observer.

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