Australia opta por una flota de submarinos de propulsión nuclear
September 21, 2021 - La decisión de Australia de cancelar un pacto por A$80.000m con Francia para la compra de 12 submarinos diésel la lleva a comprar ya sea naves de propulsión nuclear clase Astute del Reino Unido o su equivalente de la Armada de EUA, la clase Virginia.
U.S. President Joe Biden revealed last week a new alliance including Australia and Britain that would deliver an Australian fleet of at least eight nuclear-powered submarines.
Under the Aukus pact, Australia will be given the technology to build the nuclear vessels as a way of countering China’s influence in the contested South China Sea, the BBC said.
The partnership ended a deal worth $37bn signed by Australia in 2016 for France to build 12 conventional submarines. France says it was informed of the pact only hours before the public announcement was made.
The new submarines will be much more capable than the original planned fleet, and could mean a bonanza for defence contractors in the UK and U.S., according to the Financial Times.