Australia is expected to buy up to five nuclear-powered submarines from the US as part of the AUKUS pact, with at least one US submarine visiting Australian ports in the coming years. The deal will end in the late 2030s with a new class of submarines to be built with British designs and American technology.
Phil Stewart writing for Reuters makes the following points:
- Australia's biggest-ever defence project offers the prospect of jobs in all three AUKUS countries.
- This deal is expected to present a new challenge to China.
- Officials did not provide details on the planned new class of submarines or the production locations.
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