US, UK help Australia build nuclear submarines

The US and UK will provide technology for Australia to own nuclear-powered submarines, even if they are not armed with strategic weapons.

This security cooperation agreement was announced during a video conference on September 15 between US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Accordingly, the US and UK will provide technology and technical training to Australia to build a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines. These ships use only nuclear-powered engines to deal with future threats, but are not equipped with strategic nuclear weapons.

Submarine HMAS Collins of the Australian Navy.  Photo: Australian Navy.

Submarine HMAS Collins of the Australian Navy. Photo: Australian Navy.

“We all recognize the need to ensure long-term peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. We need to take into account the current strategic environment in the region, as well as the future of each country. The reality is that the world depends on the development of a free and open Indo-Pacific for the next decades,” Biden said.

Prime Minister Morrison said Australia plans to build eight nuclear submarines in the southern city of Adelaide, stressing that Canberra will comply with all commitments on non-proliferation.

The US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was the result of months of negotiations between the political and military leaders of the three countries, in which Britain wanted to play a larger role in the region.

This is also the first time the US has shared nuclear engine technology with a country since it was transferred to the UK in 1958. “It is extremely sensitive technology, this can be considered an exception to many It’s our policy. This won’t happen in the future. We consider this a one-time event,” the official added, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Australia is a maritime country and possesses a strong navy, but currently only 6 Collins class diesel-electric submarines have been commissioned since 1996. This is an expanded version of the Type 471 submarine class developed by Sweden. development, each with a displacement of 3,400 tons when submerged.

Vu Anh (Follow Reuters)

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