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Naval Group takes next step with Australia but its position is still in danger


According to information published by the Australian Financial Review on September 10, 2021, the Australian government has agreed to the next phase of the contract but will still be able to terminate the project with the French firm Naval Group.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Royal Australian Navy's Collins-class submarine (Picture source: Daily Sabbah)


Naval Group had been selected as Australia's partner for the Attack-class submarine program in April 2016, which is a class of submarines for the Royal Australian Navy, expected to enter service in the early 2030s with construction extending into the late 2040s to 2050.

The Program is estimated to cost $90 billion and will be the largest, and most complex, defence acquisition project in Australian history.

Since the beginning of the year, disagreements between the Australian government and French company Naval Group have emerged.

As we said in June, Australia considered the German Type 214 submarine option in place of French Attack class submarines.

But the French president Emmanuel Macron meet his Australian counterpart, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, to guarantee the respect of the time limit.

The Attack-class submarine is a future class of submarines for the Royal Australian Navy based on the Shortfin Barracuda proposal by French shipbuilder Naval Group to replace the Collins-class submarines. The class will enter service in the early 2030s with construction extending into the late 2040s to 2050. The Program is estimated to cost $50 billion and will be the largest, and most complex, defence acquisition project in Australian history.

The Attack Class submarines are based on France’s Barracuda submarine, which are nuclear attack submarine (SSN).