As the ramifications of AUKUS begin to become clearer, Australia must grapple with various practical, technological and economic factors if it is to achieve its ambitions.
Australia goes nuclear in shock announcement
In a stunning move, Australia announced on 16 September that it is binning its 2016 submarine contract with Naval Group and will instead buy a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.
In what amounts to one of the most dramatic turnarounds in military procurements in recent times, the Australian government will now have to convince the public this is a good idea.
Australian nuclear submarines will be acquired with technological assistance from the UK and US and constructed in Adelaide as per earlier plans for the Attack class. Canberra said a fleet 'of at least eight' boats will be obtained.
The announcement was made via …
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