Australia to buy US nuclear subs in ambitious new pact

In an ambitious new pact, Australia is set to purchase nuclear-armed submarines from the United States in a deal that could total up to $50 billion.

The purchase of the submarines is seen as a major boost to Australia's defense capabilities, and is the latest move in Australia's long-term plan to ensure its security in the region.

The agreement, which is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks, is part of Australia's new defense strategy, which includes plans to purchase 12 submarines and a range of other military hardware from the US.

The submarines, which will be equipped with nuclear-capable missiles, will replace Australia's aging Collins-class submarines, which have been in service since the mid-1990s.

The deal is seen as a major coup for Australia, which has long sought to enhance its military capabilities.

The US and Australia have a long history of military cooperation, and the new agreement is expected to further strengthen the partnership between the two countries.

The purchase of the submarines is also seen as a way for Australia to demonstrate its commitment to the US-led coalition in the Asia-Pacific region, and to strengthen its security ties with the US.

The purchase of the submarines is expected to be completed within the next three years, and the submarines are expected to be operational by the mid-2020s.

The agreement is seen as an important step in Australia's long-term defense strategy, and is expected to have far-reaching implications for the region.