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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Three-way contest for submarine program

Collins class SSKAnd then there were three. The federal government has reduced the choice of Australia's next-generation submarines to a three-way contest in an ad hoc defence department "competitive evaluation process" (CEP).

The names of the contenders are now well-known, although little is known about them or about the CEP which will report to cabinet next year. The contenders are the Japanese Soryu, the French "short-fin" Barracuda, and the German Type-216 submarines.

Depending on their roles and missions, and depending on how they are equipped to fight, any of the contenders could be a significant force-multiplier for the Australian Defence Force. All are powerful weapons systems of similar size and great lethality.

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