Australia’s pathway to AUKUS submarines is attended by risk
On 13 March, the leaders of Australia, the UK and the US assembled at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego to jointly announce the ‘optimal pathway’ forward in Canberra’s ambition to field SSNs. However, the effort will come with an enormous price tag in monetary terms and risk.
The revelation of the plan followed an 18-month consultation on the best option to get SSNs into the hands of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) after AUKUS was inaugurated on 15 September 2021.
As Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles acknowledged, ‘Today’s announcement is the single biggest investment in our defence capability
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