Submarines

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Implementing Australia’s nuclear submarine program

In September 2021, the Australian government announced that it would acquire a nuclear-powered submarine (SSN) capability with support from the UK and the US as the first measure under the AUKUS technology sharing partnership. In order to chart this long, difficult journey, the government also...
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Delivering a stronger Navy, faster

In order to deliver on the Australian government’s ambitious plans for future shipbuilding capability, the urgent task today is to develop a bridging strategy that delivers short term capability wins and boosts vital industrial capability. The plan presented in this paper does both - by...
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Scott Morrison’s giant nuclear election ploy

Australia’s decision to join with the United States and the United Kingdom to build Australian long-range nuclear-powered submarines has little to do with the defence of Australia, writes Allan Behm.
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Australia's sovereign naval shipbuilding capability: interim report

The Senate Economics References Committee has produced this interim report because it has become increasingly concerned about the status of the Future Submarine Program (FSP) and the Department of Defence's lack of responsiveness, in terms of providing information on the project.
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Does Australia need nuclear-powered submarines and a nuclear-power sector?

In light of Australia’s climate commitments, it stands to reason that the creation of a nuclear-power sector ought to be revisited, writes Lesley Hughes.
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Future submarine program — transition to design

This independent performance audit in the Department of Defence considers the current phase of design and construction of 12 new submarines (the ‘Future Submarine’ fleet) the largest Defence procurement in Australia's history.
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Future submarine — competitive evaluation process

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of Defence’s design and implementation of arrangements to select a preferred Strategic Partner for the Future Submarines Program.
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Can Australia afford nuclear propelled submarines? Can we afford not to?

This paper advocates early consideration of all aspects of a transition to nuclear propulsion for Australia's submarines, based on compelling strategic and submarine capability arguments. While a nuclear-powered submarine force would provide strategic advantages, some quite formidable challenges would need to be overcome to add...
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Thinking through submarine transition

The transition from the Collins-class submarines to the future submarine fleet will be more complex than any previous capability transition that Defence has undergone. The submarine enterprise will be in constant transition, rather than completing a short, bounded transition process.
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Australia's future submarine: getting this key capability right

This independent report by Insight Economics, sponsored by Mr Gary Johnston (Submarines for Australia), presents an analysis of the government’s decision on the acquisition of twelve future submarines (FSM) for the Royal Australian Navy under the SEA 1000 programme.
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Australian border security and unmanned maritime vehicles

This special report examines the potential for UMVs to expand Australia’s maritime domain awareness and make the ADF’s and Australia Border Force’s risk management strategies more efficient.
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Submarines

The Australian government has just signed a $50 billion contract with the French company DCNS to build 12 new submarines. Although designs for military submarines go back to the eighteenth century, it wasn’t until the turn of the twentieth that the modern submarine began to...
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Maximising strategic options in constrained strategic circumstances: the future underwater warfare capability

To avoid a capability gap and retain an effective undersea warfare capability the future submarine must commence sea trials in 2022. Planning and initiation of long lead activities such as R&D are now on the critical path to inform decisions to be taken in 2010...
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Japan versus Europe: the quest to build Australia's future submarine

Overview The building of Australia’s fleet of future submarines is likely to be the largest defence program in this country’s history. It will cost tens of billions of dollars and will run for decades. So it’s little wonder that it’s a recurring topic of interest...
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Why Australia should build its own submarines

This paper considers the design and build of Australia’s future submarine. Overview Submarines are a critical strategic capability for the uncertain times ahead. This paper considers the design and build of Australia’s future submarine including the possible acquisition of Japanese submarines by Australia to replace...
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Study into the business of sustaining Australia’s strategic Collins Class submarine capability: progress review – March 2014

This fourth and final review into the Collins Class submarine sustainment program argues that submarine maintenance and availability has significantly improved. Summary This report revisits the sustainment environment 15 months on from our November 2012 Report to gauge progress along the transformation path. Previous phases...
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Australia's future submarines

This background note aims to consolidate publicly available information on the Government's plan to acquire 12 new submarines to replace the Royal Australian Navy’s six Collins Class submarines and highlight the project's progress and current status to date. Australia’s Future Submarine project (SEA 1000) was...