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Australia and France signed a strategic partnership agreement, main part of which — the construction of 12 modern submarines. This writes The Local.
The agreement was signed during the visit to Australia of the Minister for the armed forces of France, Florence Parlee. It is, in particular, establishes the conditions under which Australia has access to a particular intellectual property, as well as actions in case of delays. The contract involves the construction of Canberra submarines of the French Naval Group consortium, formerly known as DCNS. The contract amount of 30 billion euros.
Submarines will be assembled at a new shipyard in South Australia. It is expected that the construction of the first of them will be completed in the beginning of 2030-ies. The latest plan to put into service at the beginning 2040-ies. In use they will stay until 2080.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed the signing of the Treaty, calling the plan “extremely ambitious”. According to him, it is part of the largest in the country’s history of investment in defense in peacetime.
At the same time, experts note that Australia was late with the purchase as the waters to the North and East of the country has long and firmly became an arena for struggle between China, USA and other countries. At the same time, analysts hope that the submarine will be a major deterrent in case of hostile action.
Countries held talks on submarines for several years. In 2016, it was reported about signing the agreement for their purchase, Prime Minister of Australia and Minister of defence of France. At the same time it was noted that the French proposal with the submarines of project Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A has bypassed the German and Japanese variants (modernized submarines of project 214, and the type Soryu respectively).
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