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The Australian Defence Force will undergo the biggest expansion in nearly 40 years, the Federal Government will announce today.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will outline a boost in the number of ADF personnel from 60,000 soldiers, sailors and airmen and women to about 80,000.

The $38 billion defence expansion will be the biggest since the Vietnam War and comes amid rising tensions with China and Russia.

The ADF will grow to its biggest size in nearly 40 years under, the federal government will announce. (AAP)

Mr Morrison and Defence Minister Peter Dutton will unveil the government plan at Brisbane’s Gallipoli Barracks today.

Part of the package will include a recruitment drive to find key personnel for Australia’s new nuclear-powered submarine warfare and for cyber warfare operations.

Last year the Federal Government announced earlier it would acquire the technology to build eight nuclear submarines when Australia joined the AUKUS defence pact with the US and Britain.

The first submarine is expected to be in the water by 2040.

There will also be an expansion in the Royal Australian Navy’s Hunter class frigate fleet and the numbers of Arafura class patrol vessels.

Expert personnel will be recruited to work on Australia’s new nuclear submarines. (US Navy) (US Navy)

Cyber warfare, space and information are emerging as new challenges for the ADF.

The world’s biggest and most famous submarines

The Australian Army will receive new funding for electronic warfare and land intelligence communications.

Source: 9News

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