AUKUS Partnership: Australia building SSN-AUKUS Submarines

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The AUKUS partnership has been established by the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia to enhance trilateral security and develop nuclear-powered submarines for the Royal Australian Navy.

An Overview of the News

  • This historic agreement represents a major step in defense cooperation between the three countries.

Submarine Construction:

  • Collaboration between Australia's ASC and UK-based BAE Systems to build submarines.

  • Based on British design incorporating American weapons systems.

  • Australia aims to operate eight nuclear-powered submarines by 2050.

  • Capabilities:

    • Submarines equipped for intelligence, surveillance, undersea warfare and attack operations.

    • Increased privacy and quiet compared to Australia's existing diesel-powered fleet.

    • Focus on maximizing interoperability between AUKUS partners.

  • Funding:

    • Australia has pledged 4.6 billion Australian dollars to British industry for the SSN-AUKUS submarines.

    • Significant investment from all AUKUS partners to ensure the success of the programme.

    • Trilateral industrial bases will be converged and integrated to support SSN cooperation.

Regional Concerns:

  • China has expressed concern over a potential arms race in the Asia-Pacific region due to the AUKUS agreement.

  • China's military modernization and assertiveness towards the South China Sea and Taiwan are highlighted.

General Information:

  • This is the first time that a country has acquired the capability to build nuclear-powered submarines and continue production indefinitely.

  • The Australian funding for British industry comes after a defense and security agreement with the UK aims to tackle issues such as growing Chinese involvement in the South China Sea and the South Pacific.

  • Taiwan has spotted 36 Chinese military aircraft around the island, representing the highest number in 2024, which coincides with the unveiling of the AUKUS partnership.

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