Australia spends $3.5billion to purchase 120 military tanks from the United States as tensions soar with China

Australia will spend more than $3.5billion to purchase 120 tanks and other armoured vehicles from the United States.

The upgrade could see the Australian Army gain up to 75 Abrams tanks, 29 assault breacher vehicles, 17 joint assault bridge vehicles, and six armoured recovery vehicles.

Defence minister Peter Dutton says the tanks, teamed up with other vehicles, would provide the ADF with critical firepower for land operations.