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 18, 2016
DCNS, ASC Negotiating Shortfin Build Partnership
Pete's Comment - In about 2030 ASC will be launching Shortfins (faster, quieter, world class, bold and cutting edge) maintaining ASC's Collins and Air Warfare Destroyer (above) standards. (Photo
"DCNS and ASC negotiate new commercial
partnership for Australia's future submarines"
Jon Grevatt, Bangkok - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
(102 of 740 word whole IHS Jane's article) "French naval shipbuilder DCNS and Australia's ASC are working through the terms of a new commercial partnership through which they intend to build the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) 12 Future Submarines, Sean Costello, chief executive officer of DCNS Australia has confirmed.
In comments toIHS Jane'son 15 June, Costello said DCNS is currently in talks with the shipbuilder about the "framework" for the collaborative arrangement. DCNS was selected by Canberra as preferred design partner in the AUD50 billion (USD38 billion) programme in late April.
Costello said, "DCNS has proposed to work with ASC on the industrialisation of the Future Submarine programme.""
Click to read whole of IHS Jane's subscription article. COMMENT An issue influencing negotiations would be the possibility of ASC being split into two separate companies and privatised by its Government owner. This should allow ASC to be sold off more easily and would recognise that just one ASC may be fully committed to surface shipbuilding issues. ASC has the three Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs) to complete. Then ASC will likely be fairly fully involved in the Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV)(steel cut from 2018) and Future Frigate (steel cut from 2020) builds. A separate offshoot of ASC, committed to the Shortfin submarine build, makes sense. A split of ASC and privatisation seemed to be supported in different quarters in April 2016 before the pre-July 2, 2016 Election "caretaker period" suspended such thinking unti after the Election. Pete