Australia: Signs of nuclear-powered submarine deal with Britain fall

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It was officially committed today, Monday (22/11) Australia in a very controversial program in order to be equipped with nuclear-powered submarines in the context of a new defense alliance with Britain and USA.

In particular, the Minister of Defense Peter Dutton signed an agreement with British and US diplomats to exchange “information on nuclear-powered warships” between their countries.

This is the first agreement to be signed and made public after the announcement in September by its three countries new defense agreement named AUKUS, in order to deal with the growing strategic tensions between the US and China in the Pacific Ocean.

The alliance was accompanied by the cancellation by Australia of a large contract for the purchase of twelve conventional French submarines in exchange for 90 billion Australian dollars (€ 55 billion), which caused intense disagreement between Paris and Canberra.

How many submarines will Australia have?

The deal will help Australia complete an 18-month study to acquire submarines, Dutton said after the Canberra agreement was signed today with the US envoy. Michael Goldman and the British High Commissioner to Australia Victoria Trindel. The details of the acquisition of the submarines have yet to be decided, mainly aAustralia will choose US or British nuclear-powered attack submarines, as reported by ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ.

“Thanks to the access to information provided by this agreement, as well as the decades of experience of our British and American partners in the field of nuclear submarines, Australia will also be able to be a responsible and reliable operator of this technology,” Dutton said. an announcement.

Before the signing ceremony, the American president Joe Biden stated in a memorandum approving the agreement that the latter would improve the “mutual defense position” of the three countries. Under AUKUS, Australia is expected to acquire eight state-of-the-art nuclear-powered submarines, capable of carrying out large-scale covert missions.

The alliance angered China described it as an “extremely irresponsible” threat affecting stability in the region.

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