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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Future Submarines: Japan no longer frontrunners over Germany and France

Soryu class SSKIt received the “red carpet” treatment, but Japan is no longer walking ahead of Germany and France in the bid to build the $50 billion Future Submarines.

‘Option J’, as it became known, was seen to be a frontrunner for the lucrative project, but several Government MPs have said that is no longer seen as politically palatable because even after the competitive evaluation process, it would appear to be another “captain’s pick” from Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Mr Abbott and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are believed to have made a “handshake deal” on the submarines, but political uproar led to the Government announcing the CEP so the three nations could compete to be the international partner.

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