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France torpedoes German and Japanese submarine bids

26th April 2016 - 09:05 GMT | by Mike Yeo in Melbourne

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France’s DCNS has been selected as winner of Australia’s AU$50 billion (US$38.5 billion) Project Sea 1000 Future Submarine programme. 

The Cherbourg-based shipbuilder will help design and build Australia’s class of 12 submarines to replace six Collins class boats in Royal Australian Navy (RAN) service.

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and defence minister Marise Payne announced on 26 April that the French offering had beaten competition from Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) and a consortium led by Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries following a ‘rigorous’ competitive evaluation process (CEP).

The 12 boats will be built and sustained by ASC in Osborne, South Australia.

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