A decision on the $36 billion Australian submarine program construction site is likely within two weeks.
The Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is preparing to reveal the site for construction before the elections are announced, Adelaidenow reported Wednesday.
Adelaide’s ASC is likely to be nominated as the submarine construction site. It is likely the decision will be announced early May as the government reaches final stages of the competitive evaluation process of selecting one of the bidders.
German ThysennKrupp Marine Systems, Japan’s Mitsubishi and French company DCNS are in the running to build 12 conventional submarines. Japan was regarded as a favorite early in the bidding process due to its close military relationship with Australia and the United States.
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
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
Australia has shortlisted three European companies as part of its AUD 40 billion (US $31 billion) naval modernization program. UK based BAE Systems, Italys Fincantieri and Spanish Navantia had been asked to refine designs for nine new frigates to be built for AUD 35 billion, Wall street Journal reported Monday
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