The AUKUS alliance delivered a “quantum leap” in military capability for Australia with the new nuclear-powered submarines, according to Bondi Partners National Security Advisor Mark Watson.

“For Australia, it works on many levels, so the military level is the most obvious one; this is a quantum leap in capability for Australia, for its maritime cap, for its ability to project power,” he told Sky News Australia.

Mr Watson said the only drawback from the submarines is that Australia is “not going to see these boats in the water for 10 to 15 years”.

Mr Watson said the AUKUS alliance announcement came two days after Quad leaders’ meeting, which allowed America to prove to the region it was “remaining engaged in the Indo-Pacific”.

“This is really ramping that up to a whole new level; it is sending a huge message to China obviously, but also to other countries in our region that there’s another player here,” he said.

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