USNI News – The Royal Australian Navy faces the greatest challenge of the Australian Defense Force as it pursues a nuclear-powered submarine fleet, according to the nation’s latest defense blueprint.
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Australia Cleared For $207 Million Modular SURTASS Buy
Naval News – Australia received in principle approval to procure an expeditionary version of the US Navy’s Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System.
Ghost Shark to challenge traditional sea power
The Australian – The Ghost Shark uncrewed submarine won’t replace anything in current Navy service because nothing has existed until now that can do its job.
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Australia to join Royal Navy SSN(R) submarine programme
Navy Lookout – The leaders of Australia, Britain and the US met today at a summit in San Diego to discuss the AUKUS pact. The centrepiece of the agreement is the deal to supply nuclear-powered submarines to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Here we examine the implications of the announcements and look at the future Anglo-Australian SSN(R) submarine project.
Royal Australian Air Force Reactivating Squadron to Operate New MQ-4C Tritons
USNI News – The Royal Australian Air Force will reactivate a squadron for the three MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles it will start operating in 2024.
Tentative UK approval given for £2bn nuclear submarine deal
Defence Connect – Reports are emerging from the United Kingdom that the Sunak government has “agreed in principle” to sell the Royal Australian Navy a fleet of British-designed and potentially, partially-built fleet of nuclear powered submarines as part of the trilateral AUKUS agreement.
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Growing signs Australia’s new nuclear sub will be British design
Breaking Defense – With the formal announcement of Australia’s path to obtain nuclear attack submarines expected to happen in Washington next month, speculation about the likely solution AUKUS is beginning to leak out.
Facing US lawmaker concerns, Australian prime minister defends AUKUS sub efforts
Breaking Defense – A letter from key US lawmakers has raised concerns about the AUKUS plan down under.
What Does Australia’s Strategic Review Hold For The RAN?
Naval News – Australia’s Defence Strategic Review (DSR) is set to be publicly released in March next year. Here are a few hints on how it could impact the Royal Australian Navy (RAN)…
This Is Australia’s New ‘Ghost Shark’ Unmanned Combat Submarine
War Zone – The Ghost Shark unmanned underwater vehicle will eventually be the size of a school bus and offer both surveillance and attack capabilities.
The Strategist – AUKUS is a technology accelerator agreement for the purpose of national defence, no more, no less. It is designed to allow three countries to work closely together to translate the promise of today’s maturing technologies, such as quantum computing and artificial intelligence, into tomorrow’s military edge.
Australian submariners to train onboard British nuclear-powered submarines under AUKUS deal
ABC – Australian submariners will train onboard British nuclear-powered submarines for the first time in the latest announcement under the AUKUS security pact.
South Koreans offer Aussies new subs in 7 years to close Collins gap
Breaking Defense – At a large dinner here attended by its ambassador and a host of senior acquisition officials, South Korea made clear its eagerness to deepen defense ties with Australia, making the bold offer of building advanced conventional attack submarines in “seven years from signature to delivery.”
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France can help Albanese fix AUKUS
The Interpreter – The Australian Labor Party faces a dilemma over nuclear-powered subs and the non-proliferation regime. An old partner might offer an answer.
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Australia Was Poised To Get Virginia Class Nuclear Submarines Says Former Defense Minister
War Zone – In controversial statements, Peter Dutton says that plans existed to buy two of the U.S.-made submarines by 2030.
Australia to Build New Sub Base for Nuclear Attack Boat Fleet
USNI News – The Royal Australian Navy will establish a new submarine base on its east coast to host its planned nuclear-powered submarines and to complement the existing Fleet Base West, Garden Island submarine base, Australian officials said on Monday. The government is considering three possible locations for the new base – Brisbane, Newcastle and Port Kembla – down from 19 initial candidates.
Australia demands answers from China over alleged laser incident at sea
CNN – Australia is demanding China investigate the alleged use of a laser to “illuminate” an Australian jet in waters off the country’s north coast in an incident that threatens to worsen relations between the two countries.
Nuclear-powered submarines for Australia: what are the options?
The Strategist – The political and strategic ramifications of the AUKUS pact involving the US, UK and Australia continue to reverberate, but the details of how Australia will acquire nuclear-powered submarines (SSNs) have often been overlooked. There are daunting technical, industrial and financial challenges on the long road to joining that club.
Australia and Papua New Guinea revive World War II-era naval base built by Americans
Stars and Stripes – Australia and Papua New Guinea have completed first steps and begun major refurbishment of a navy base built by U.S. forces on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, during World War II.
Nuclear submarines for Australia – what are the options?
Navy Lookout – The political and strategic ramifications of the AUKUS pact announced in September continue to reverberate but the details of how Australia will actually acquire nuclear-powered submarines have been rather overlooked. Here we focus on the daunting technical, industrial and financial challenges to be overcome on the long road to joining the SSN club.
Delivering a stronger Navy, faster
Australian Strategic Policy Institute – Serious risks are being realised in the Royal Australian Navy’s twin transitions in its surface combatant and submarine fleets. As Australia’s strategic circumstances become more dangerous, Defence needs to adopt hedging measures to actively address the capability risks in its acquisition plans.
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What AUKUS Means For Australia: More Than Nuclear Subs
Breaking Defense – When the United States, United Kingdom and Australia announced their new AUKUS agreement, the major focus was on the path for Australia to acquire nuclear-powered submarines for the first time. But that headline aside, there is much more to the agreement, which could represent a major shift in Indo-Pacific strategic and military relations for the three nations.
Don’t Count Your Submarines Before They’re Built
War on the Rocks – Because AUKUS focuses on technology sharing, it is different than a traditional arms sale, and this difference has two key implications. First, the deal is a stronger signal of the participants’ long-term concern about China’s rise. Second, and conversely, it will be more difficult to implement the deal in a way that lives up to its claims.
The 5 Main Options For Australia’s AUKUS Nuclear Submarine Deal
Naval News – As Australia looks set to join the elite club of nuclear submarine operators, we explore the options. The U.S. Navy’s Virginia Class? The Royal Navy’s Astute Class? Or something new? We have identified the 5 most obvious candidates.
Submarine Upgrade Will Extend Australian Navy’s Collins Class To 2048
Naval News – Hints are emerging as to what the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) might be planning for their Collins Class submarines. They are often regarded as among the best long-range non-nuclear submarines in the World. But they require upgrades to keep them up there until 2048 when nuclear boats are expected to take over.
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