Submarine Matters provides an expanding database on submarines worldwide. Australia should contract in 2016 to only buy a batch of 6 Shortfins - then, in the 2030s, decide whether to buy: 6 more Shortfins or 6 Barracuda SSNs or 4 Virginia SSNs. With increasing numbers of Chinese, Russian and Indian SSNs in Australia's region Australia's Shortfins cannot attain any 2016 Defence White Paper goal of being "regionally superior". Australia would need to buy SSNs to be "superior".
July 24, 2015
Japan Looking at UK Help to Win Australian Submarine Competition
on time, on budget at Williamstown dockyard, Victoria, Australia.
An article by several Reuters
reporters indicates "Exclusive: Japan eyes British help to sink German bid
for Australian submarine"http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/23/us-japan-australia-submarine-exclusive-idUSKCN0PX1FG20150723. The article indicates the Japanese government is in talks with at least two British firms (Babcock International Group and BAE Systems) to help a Japanese
consortium win the Australian future submarine competitive evaluation process. Babcock
does maintenance work on the Collins and BAE Systems employs 4,500 people in
The Japanese consortium includes MHI and KHI and the
German competitor they wish to beat is TKMS. Japan may wish to boost Australian
industrial participation in the project. Japan may also want cooperation from Sweden’s
Saab in the Japanese sales campaign. France’s DCNS is also competing.
The Reuters article further reports “According to a
company document seen by Reuters, the German bidder TKMS will train local
contractors using advanced German manufacturing and production technology and
help establish Australia as a naval shipbuilding and repair hub in the
“…Australia's Abbot has described Japan as his country's
"closest friend in Asia". With the United States also keen to spur
friendlier ties between its two key allies in Asia, Tokyo has Washington's
backing for made-in-Japan submarines packed with American surveillance, radar
and weapons equipment, sources familiar with Washington's thinking told Reuters
earlier...” See FULL