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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Japan keen to build Soryu-class submarines entirely in Australia

Soryu class SSKWith lobbying efforts intensifying ahead of the government’s ­decision on the new $20 billion fleet, executives from Mitsubishi and officials from the Japanese government met federal MPs from South Australia in Canberra on Tuesday.

The delegation included Japanese ambassador Sumio Kusaka, general manager of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Izumi Ishii, and senior vice-president of Mitsubishi’s Integrated Defence and Space Systems, Noboru Flores, who has negotiated numerous defence contracts between the US and Japan.

Under the government’s competitive evaluation process, Japan, France and Germany have been shortlisted to present three ­options for the fleet’s construction, including a program for building the boats in Australia, offshore or in a hybrid build.

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