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”Taskforce” of 400 people joins exclusive discussion on how Australia can get nuclear submarines

Defining’ month for Australia’s nuclear subs program,   Innovation,   Joseph Brookes 23 Feb 22, The taskforce scoping Australia’s options for acquiring nuclear powered submarines has had its “defining month” in February, passing 200 members and gaining access to a nuclear information sharing agreement with the US and UK.

Defence officials said the “treaty-like” agreement effectively added Australia to the exclusive discussion the US and UK have been having on nuclear technology for more than 50 years and will propel the current nuclear-powered submarine program through its scoping phase…………..

However, while the intention continues to be to build the vessels in South Australia, officials confirmed no explicit minimum local industry involvement has been made yet, with few details – including submarine type – locked in………..

The Canberra-based group grew to 137 members by December and passed 200 this month.

It includes officials from several government departments and agencies as well as at least 10 unidentified private contractors, split into several working groups around the key areas. It also liaises with counterparts in the US and UK, including hosting a formal visit this month.

The taskforce has been given 18 months to identify the optimal pathway to deliver at least eight nuclear powered submarines………………

The agreement, which was signed in November by Defence Minister Peter Dutton but only came into effect this month, allows a deeper level of engagement on sensitive areas like nuclear technology, and its first use has coincided with visits from US and UK defence officials.

February 24, 2022 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, weapons and war

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