BLUFThis Dec 21 ASPI article argues that because it might take until 2040 before Australia acquires nuclear submarines, buying second-hand Japanese submarines might be worth exploring as an interim step.
Bradley Perrett writing for ASPI’s magazine The Strategist makes the following points reference Australia acquiring second-hand Japanese submarines:
- The idea of buying second-hand Japanese submarines might prove unworkable, but Australia should still explore the option.
- Australian nuclear submarines will not be available until at least 2040.
- In the meantime, Australia is likely to have a severe capability gap.
- Japanese submarines might be a good option because Australia can acquire them quickly.
- Japan builds one new Soryu class submarine every year to replace an older Oyashio model.
- Japanese Oyashio submarines can operate for thirty years, but Japan retires them early.
- The second hand Oyashios might prove to be more capable than current Collins class models.
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