The US could deploy six B-52 bombers at an Australian military base

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The US could deploy six B-52 bombers to an Australian military base

The United States plans to station six B-52 bombers at a military base in the north from Australia, according to a journalistic investigation by ABC channel that cites military sources and official documents, while analysts warn that it would mean an increase in tension with China.

Airplanes, long range and with the capacity to carry The nuclear bombs would be deployed at the Tindal base, some 300 kilometers south of the city of Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory of Australia. the Four Corners program -which will be broadcast full tonight – by referring to US documents.

According to official reports cited by ABC, the US Department of Defense calculated in April a budget of 14.4 million dollars(14.5 million euros) for the operations of his squadron and the maintenance of the B-52s in Australia.

The Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, limited himself to today to highlight the military cooperation between his country and the United States, with which he maintains various security pacts, by avoiding confirming or rejecting the information.

“There are visits, of course, to Australia, including Darwin, where US Marines are stationed on a rotating basis,” Albanese told a news conference, referring to an agreement between Washington and Canberra signed in 2012 for the Rotation of US Marines in the oceanic country.

Currentlysome 2,500 US military travel each year to Australia, where the US it has occasionally flown bombers since the 1980s and has flown military missions since the beginning of this century.

“The ability to deploy US Air Force bombers to Australia sends a strong message to adversaries about our ability to project deadly air power,” the Force said. US Air to Four Corners.

According to analysts quoted by ABC, the parking of B-52 bombers could cause an increase in tensions with China >, a country that currently maintains a difficult diplomatic relationship with Australia and that seeks to expand its influence in the Indo-Pacific region, traditionally controlled by Australia and the US.

< p>“Having bombers that can reach and potentially attack mainland China could be very important in sending a signal to China that any of its actions over Taiwan would bring consequences”, believes Becca Wasser, an expert at the Center for the New to American Security.