Defense Minister Peter Dutton has signed a speech recognizing the exchange of “information on naval nuclear propulsion” between their countries.
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France firmly rejected. Australia officially launched on Monday 22 November a highly competitive program to equip itself with nuclear-powered submarines as part of a new defense alliance with Great Britain and the United States. Defense Secretary Peter Dutton has signed an agreement with British and US diplomats“Information on Naval Nuclear Impulse” Between their countries.
This is the first agreement to be signed and made public since the announcement in September by three countries of their new defense alliance, named AUKUS, to tackle growing strategic tensions between the US and China in the Pacific.
Australia canceled a mega deal to buy 12 French submarines with the usual push for A $ 90 billion (55 55 billion), sparking a protracted feud between Paris and Canberra.
The agreement will allow Australia to complete an 18-month study on the acquisition of submarines. Peter Dutton after signing the agreement with US Secretary of State Michael Goldman and British High Commissioner to Australia Victoria Treadle in Canberra on Monday. Details of the acquisition are yet to be decided, including whether Australia will choose US or UK nuclear-powered attack submarines.