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Nuclear submarines in an Adelaide shipyard – sitting ducks for a disastrous terrorist attack: conventional submarines – cheaper, safer

Impact of a missile strike on the SSN at Osborne, APRIL 26, 2022 BY AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRATS  WHAT HAPPENS IF A LARGE ADVERSARY DECIDES TO BLOW UP THE PROPOSED NUCLEAR SUBMARINES (SSN) PRIOR TO LAUNCH BUT AFTER THE REACTOR IS INSTALLED?

Once launched nuclear submarines are a very powerful weapons with an indefinite range. They are very hard to find and destroy in open water and pose a major direct threat to an adversaries home territory.

In the unlikely event they were destroyed in the water the reactor should shut down and sink with the boat to the abyssal depths of the ocean. While the reactor may leak to some extent the pressure and cold water contain the problem.

However, prior to launch the submarine is a sitting duck, vulnerable to a wide range of submarine and land-launched precision missiles. The logical time to strike would be when the boats are almost complete but not launched.

Questions for the government

  1. What is the likely impact of a missile strike on a nuclear submarine in the shipyard?
  2. What modelling does the government have regarding the spread of radioactive material from the reactor if it was hit by a precision missile?
  3. How many years would Adelaide need to be evacuated for after a disaster?
  4. Given the government’s rhetoric, why would a large adversary not destroy our SSN before launch given the threat they pose?
  5. Having spent $20 billion on each boat over ten years, will the government be upset if the SSN are destroyed on the day of the launch?

Our Plan: 20 advanced conventional submarines

The Democrats advocate avoiding this problem by building advanced conventional submarines.

This would save about $80 billion, ten years, and Adelaide……    https://www.democrats.org.au/impact-of-a-strike-on-the-ssn-at-osborne/

April 28, 2022 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, weapons and war

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