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AUKUS nuclear sub announcement surfaces as PM heads to India

Andrew Tillett 6 Mar 23

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese over the next week will seek to boost trade and security ties with emerging partner India before unveiling how the navy will acquire nuclear-powered submarines from Australia’s oldest allies, the United States and Britain.

British media is reporting Mr Albanese, US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will meet in San Diego next week for a “trilateral summit” to announce how they will share top-secret nuclear technology under AUKUS. The Financial Times and US military website Breaking Defense said the announcement could be made on March 13.

Mr Albanese’s office declined to confirm the report about his travel plans. San Diego is home to America’s major west coast naval bases, including Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered submarines.

The AUKUS announcement will outline the design of the submarine for Australia – with suggestions it will be the next generation British submarine but with a US combat system and weapons – the cost, timelines and measures to avoid a capability gap with the Collins-class subs before the new boats are delivered.

It will also outline the mammoth task to grow the workforce, including training nuclear submariners to crew the boats and the trades and professionals needed to build them, as well as establish a regulatory and safety regime…………………………


March 7, 2023 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, weapons and war

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