AUKUS-kernonderzeeër onthuld infographic
Graphic shows first known specs of the SSN-AUKUS submarine and a timeline of the project.


VS, VK en Australië zijn het eens over project kernonderzeeër

By Jordi Bou

March 14, 2023 - The U.S., UK and Australia are set to create a new fleet of nuclear-powered submarines, intended to counter China’s ambitions in the Indo-Pacific region.

Australia's nuclear-powered submarine programme with the United States and Britain will cost up to $368 billion between now and the mid-2050s, the country's biggest single defence project in history.

Under the deal, called AUKUS, the U.S. intends to sell Australia three U.S. Virginia class nuclear-powered submarines, which are built by General Dynamics, in the early 2030s, with an option for Australia to buy two more if needed.

The multi-stage project would culminate with British and Australian production and operation of a new submarine class – SSN-AUKUS – a “trilaterally developed” vessel based on Britain’s next-generation design that would be built in Britain and Australia and include “cutting edge” U.S. technologies.

PUBLISHED: 14/03/2023; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: BAE Systems