Authorities insists nuclear submarine program ‘taking form’ one 12 months into controversial AUKUS partnership

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Australia’s “optimum” nuclear submarine pathway has began “to take form” a 12 months after the historic AUKUS plan was unveiled, however the authorities has to this point refused to be drawn on any price estimates for the huge mission.

Defence Minister Richard Marles has indicated Australia’s future fleet wouldn’t contain a bespoke design or “orphan” class, however reasonably a nuclear boat additionally utilized by one of many AUKUS companions.

“Clearly, it’s fascinating that the submarine we finally function can be operated by one other nation,” Richard Marles mentioned in an interview marking the one-year anniversary of the strategic partnership with the UK and United States.

“In that manner, there’s a shared expertise in working the platform, there’s additionally a shared industrial base in sustaining and sustaining it, so that could be a key consideration within the selections that we’re making.”

Precisely one 12 months in the past, then-prime minister Scott Morrison made the shock announcement that Australia was dumping a $90 billion conventionally powered submarine program with France in favour of a nuclear choice with assist from the UK and US.

After unveiling the historic AUKUS partnership, Mr Morrison introduced a newly fashioned Nuclear Powered Submarine Process Drive would start an 18-month research of British and American submarine expertise to assist establish Australia’s greatest choices.

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