Yes, point taken re Israel, however the comparison with the French and Singapore is closer and still looks poor for Oz. I know we have the 'tyranny of distance' and a small population to contend with that makes our requirement very different. This makes it all the more important that our procurement is done well. I'm hopeful that ADF has improved, in the past there seems to have been a period of poor choices or failure to make a choice. RAN has probably suffered the most for it.Re the comparison of numbers:
Israel's armed forces are very powerful, but local. Most of the air force's transport aircraft are old. Its tankers are very old, secondhand Boeing 707s & some KC-130H. It would now be converting ex-airline 767s if Boeing hadn't refused to sell spares or provide any other support for them.
The navy's biggest warships are 1900 tons - & they're just being delivered. Until now the biggest was 1200 tons - & it only has three of them. No replenishment at sea, amphibious ships etc. Doesn't seem to do ASW, either.
Lots of conscripts, paid bugger-all, & very cheap reserves.
And it's got a lot of stuff free, or at a discount. Its German-built submarines were heavily discounted, for example. IIRC they got one roughly out of each three free.