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Naval Group and Australia finally sign off on future submarine programme

11th February 2019 - 02:00 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London

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After three long years locked in negotiations, Naval Group and the Australian government have finally signed off on the strategic partnering agreement (SPA) under the Canberra’s Future Submarine Programme.

The $36 billion programme will see the construction of 12 conventional submarines, which will be known as the Attack class once in service with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

However, during a telephone briefing ahead of the official announcement on the signing of the SPA, it emerged that the first-in-class boat, HMAS Attack, may not arrive at the RAN for operational test and evaluation until the 2032/33 timeframe. 

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