Aust needs missile defence – US expert
AUSTRALIA must develop greater missile defences in case there is a strike from North Korea.
That’s the advice from Dr Brad Roberts, a US deputy assistant secretary of defence for nuclear and missile defence policy from 2009 to 2013.
Dr Roberts, who is in Australia briefing officials about regional threats, told the ABC it didn’t have to be too costly.
“I don’t think it’s a large number of very expensive interceptors and radars deployed around the periphery of the Australian continent,” he said. “A sea-based capability on the advanced destroyer that would include a sea-based radar and some interceptors – that could operate in coalition partnership with other allies.
“Unfortunately, Australia doesn’t really get to choose whether or not North Korea threatens it (a missile strike) – it’s the choice that the North Korean leader makes.
“His objective is to make us fearful so that our leaders will not stand up to his threats and coercion.”
Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne confirmed last month the government was considering upgrading the Navy’s new air warfare destroyers to include missile defence shields.