Germany is ready to build all 12 subs for half the price Australia is budgeting.
Hans Atzpodien, chairman of ThysennKrupp Marine Systems told Australia’s National Press Club Thursday that “the Germans could build all 12 subs in Australia for AU$20 billion (US $15.2 billion), less than half the cost that Australia is budgeting for.”
Hans also described the Japanese bid as choice for Australia between its relationship with China, its biggest trading partner, and Japan, its second-biggest partner.
“Maybe it is an advantage dealing with us not to be in a position where you have to — let’s say — decide between certain heavyweights of the Pacific area,” Atzpodien was quoted as saying by JapanTimes news daily.
Japan contends that if Australia selects Japan to build it submarine, it will enhance maritime security in the Asia-Pacific region and counter China’s military buildup in the East and South China seas.
Besides ThysennKrupp Marine Systems, Japan’s Mitsubishi and French company DCNS are in the running to build 12 conventional submarines that the Australian navy expects will cost at least 56 billion Australian dollars ($43 billion).
The government expects to award the contract this year, with Japan regarded as a favorite early in the bidding process due to its close military relationship with Australia and the United States. The submarine deal would be Japan’s first fully fledged military technology transfer since World War II.
DCNS is hoping for a positive response for its submarine bid in Australia and commissioning of the first submarine to India this year. “Winning of a major naval defence export contract, in particular in Australia will require sustained effort throughout the year,” the company said in a statement Monday
Japan may be closer to grabbing a US$34.55 billion Australian submarine fleet contract as Germanys ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) is reported to lose ground over technical concerns
France is offering the Australian Government complete access to the stealth technologies utilised on board French nuclear-powered general-purpose attack submarines (SSNs) and ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs). The very nature of these stealth technologies and the decision to release them to the Australian Government is a significant demonstration of the strategic nature of this program for the French authorities, DCNS said in a press statement Tuesday
ThyssenKrupp (TKMS) has offered to buy Australian shipbuilder ASC to create a Pacific advanced manufacturing hub to build, maintain and export combat boats to Australia's regional allies. TKMS says it is prepared to take over ASC, formerly known as the Australian Submarine Corporation, in order to "replicate" its German shipbuilding operations in Australia, Financial Review news daily reported Sunday
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Australias new fleet of 12 submarines will be built by DCNS of France in South Australia Australia will get to possess the new Barracuda-class submarines which will be built to Australian specifications for a conventional, non-nuclear powered submarine in 8-10 years from the signing of the contract. Germanys ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) and the government of Japan were the two unsuccessful bidders in the bid to build 12 submarines to replace Australias Collins-class submarines
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