Smart sea mines can discriminate between military targets and other shipping. Can blockade foreign ports—the high technology, relatively low cost, ‘smart ‘deterrent weapons will protect Australian ports, trade routes and communication lines.


Seth Robson writing in Stars and Stripes, makes the following points:
  • Cost of up to $698 million to buy "a substantial number" of European-made mines.
  • Able to be deployed by ship, submarine or air.
  • Should protect the maritime approaches to northern Australia and passageways in the Western Pacific.
  • Part of a comprehensive approach includes missile defence and cyber security.


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