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The mad and murky world of submarines in Asia-Pacific (Opinion)

15th May 2023 - 06:00 GMT | by The Geobukseon in Indo-Pacific


South Korea has built a number of conventional submarines such as this KSS-II, originally relying on German help.

Whatever problems can go wrong with military acquisitions, submarines seem to have ticked all the boxes in the Indo-Pacific region.

More than any other military platform in the Indo-Pacific, submarines seem to engender all manner of turmoil, head-scratching decisions, chicanery and corporate hanky-panky.

Whether it is OEMs illegally stealing designs and hawking them as their own, ill-equipped navies regarding submarines as their saviour in the battle for credibility, submarine acquisitions that are birthed and murdered by mind-boggling bureaucracy, or submariners who are too afraid to put to sea, Asia-Pacific has them all.

Indonesia is a good place to start. The Indonesian Navy suffered the tragic loss of KRI Nanggala on 21 April 2021, leaving the fleet with one Cakra-class

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The Geobukseon


The Geobukseon

Cracking open the hard shell of defence and security policy within the Asia Pacific , The Geobukseon …

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