UK, Australia Show Progress In Submarine Technology
The United Kingdom and Australia confirmed today “significant progress” in plans to provide Canberra with nuclear-powered submarines within the framework…
The United Kingdom and Australia confirmed today “significant progress” in plans to provide Canberra with nuclear-powered submarines within the framework of the AUKUS security alliance, in which the United States also participates.
At the end of the annual British-Australian summit, held in the United Kingdom, both countries stressed in a joint statement that they hope to communicate a detailed roadmap on those plans “in a short time”.
London and Canberra “have welcomed the efforts to accelerate through AUKUS the development of advanced military technologies in order to meet the needs of boosting our capabilities as well as interoperability in the near term,” the statement said.
At a press conference in Portsmouth (south of England), British Defense Minister Ben Wallace highlighted the threat to global order posed by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the growing tensions in the Indo-Pacific.
“It is important that we sadly recognize that the rules-based order is under more threat than ever before, human rights are being challenged by numerous figures around the world, and the sovereignty of nation-states is being tested. way that should concern us all,” Wallace said.
Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles said for his part that plans to acquire nuclear-powered submarines represent “a pivotal moment in the country’s history.”
“This will change Australia’s personality on the international stage, dramatically boost our capabilities and with them our sovereignty,” he added.
In September 2021, the Australian Government suspended a contract with the French company Naval Group to build a new fleet of conventional submarines to be integrated into the AUKUS nuclear project.
This article is originally published on quepasamedia.com