With a relatively small population, Australia largely relies on its isolated location and partnership with the US for its security. Despite the lack of security threats, Australia maintains one of the strongest militaries in the world. Australia can comfortably provide its military with the latest equipment as its economy is amongst the strongest in the world.
Population: 25.5 million
Defence Budget: 38.7 billion
The Australian Army isn't a very large force. With 59 M1A1s and 211 Boxers (to replace the ASLAV) making up pretty much all of the land based manoeuvrable firepower. An enormous majority of the Australian Army's inventory consists of MRAP's and armoured cars, primarily for transporting troops in overseas operations.
The Royal Australian Air Force is also small, yet highly modern. Hornets and Super Hornets make up its fighter fleet. However some of the 72 F-35s on order have already begun trickling into the inventory. With Growlers providing electronic warfare support along with the exceptional training of the Australian pilots one thing is clear... The Australian Air Force should not be underestimated. Soon the Loyal Wingman project will come into fruition. Once these enter the inventory they will bring the Australian Air Force into the next generation.
Armed UAVs: 0
Attack Helicopters: 22
Being an Island nation, the first line of defence for Australia will always be in the ocean. Australia's large coastline needs to be monitored from every side in order to maintain security. One major concern for Australia is the safety of shipping lanes. As a country which exports coal, iron and other commodities the safety of shipping lanes is essential for its economy. Unfortunately Australia isn't doing enough to boost its navy's size. However its fleet is indeed modern and capable. With 2 LHDs, 2 destroyers, 8 frigates and 6 submarines the Royal Australian Navy does pack a punch. However more vessels would be preferable in order to keep away future threats from the north. One bizarre thing to note is that the two LHDs are capable of carrying F-35Bs yet the Australian Defence Force has decided to only order F-35As. It remains to be seen if this will change, but if it does the Royal Australian Navy will have some of the best force projection capabilities in the world.