The United States Tuesday (9 February) agreed to sell $350 million worth of military equipment to Australia.
Paltridge (on right) and McNamara (left) seated
Paltridge signing papers
Paltridge takes off glasses
McNamara and Paltridge seated at table
Signing of papers completed
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Background: The United States Tuesday (9 February) agreed to sell $350 million worth of military equipment to Australia.
At the same time, the U.S.announced it was selling $650 million of arms -- mostly warplanes -- to Britain.
The Australian purchases, in addition to previously announced plans to buy $125 million worth of F-111 fighter planes and three destroyers at a cost of $130 million, were earmarked for a variety of military supplies to support the new expanded Australian defense program.
The supplies will include Tartar surface-to-air- guided missiles, anti-submarine torpedoes and rapid-fire gun batteries.
The U.S.is making credit available to Australia, but Australia is expected to pay cash for at least the next two years.