New Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced this morning that the Australian government will pay 555 million euros in compensation to the French shipbuilding fleet. Last year, Australia decided to tear up its five-year contract with a naval team worth nearly 50 billion euros.
Origin of the attack class artist. (Image: Navy crew)
In addition to the compensation, the project of twelve conventional attack class submarines would cost the Australians about 2.5 billion euros. A lot of work has been done in the five years that the project has been running. In early 2018, when MarineShips.nl visited the yard in Cherbourg, Australians and Frenchmen were working on a project in a protected area of the site. Forty Australian families had already come for the project, which would last for several years.
When the plug was suddenly pulled by Australia in September 2021, everyone was surprised. The French government reacted angrily to the decision of then-Australian center-right President Scott Morrison. The new Albanian president of the center-left Labor Party said in his speech that he hoped to re-establish relations with France. After all, France is a player and partner in the Pacific.
Meanwhile, work on a new project under the banner of AUKUS, which builds nuclear submarines between Australia, the United States and Great Britain, is underway in Australia. While it is understandable that the selection of a nuclear submarine would take into account the vast area of operation of the Australian submarine service, cooperation with the British and Americans would be linguistically and culturally more harmonious, but not an easy path.
Naval group submarines were to be delivered in the early 1930s, and Australia had to wait at least ten years for nuclear submarines.
For this reason Agreed Australian submarines recently teamed up with Swedish Chap Kokams, the designer of the current Collins submarine, for an interim solution. These boats were put into service between 1996 and 2003 and are being modernized again, but it is doubtful whether the boats will be able to perform their duties better in the 1940s. However, the Australian Navy says it is not in favor of an interim solution because it adds to the problem. Others Point Again, Sweden, with a very small navy, will work with three different types of submarines in a few years. However, a recent visit to Saab by MarineShips.nl revealed that there is currently no talk of a Swedish-Australian interim solution.
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