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".
June 16, 2016
An Abbott Defence Ministry May Offer Japan Hope
If (current) Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull wins the July 2, 2016 Election, with a likely reduced majority, post election ministerial rearrangements are highly likely. A reduced majority would weaken Turnbull while strengthening the conservative wing of the Liberal Party, with conservatives still supporting deposed Prime Minister Tony Abbott (above). Despite Abbott's public denials Abbott still intends to return to power. Perhaps first Abbott might be appointed Defence Minister and then he may attempt to unseat (current) Prime Minister, Turnbull, later this year.
The following may be of concern to DCNS but may offer hope for Japan: