Scott Morrison will announce that Australia’s submarine program will “go nuclear” under a new defense pact that could spell bad news for China.
Scott Morrison is set to announce that Australia’s submarine program “will go nuclear” under a new defense pact with the United States and the United Kingdom that has been described as “China’s worst nightmare.”
The new grouping to be known as AUUKUS will advise Australia on how to identify the best way to acquire nuclear-powered submarine capability and share advanced technologies involving artificial intelligence.
The US-based Political The website reports that President Joe Biden will announce a new task force with Britain and Australia to share advanced technologies to counter China at 7am AEST.
“The trio, which will be known by the acronym AUUKUS, will make it easier for nations to share information and knowledge in key technological areas such as artificial intelligence, cybernetics, underwater systems and long-range attack capabilities,” the report says. state.
There would be a “nuclear element in the pact in which the United States and the United Kingdom share their knowledge on how to maintain the nuclear defense infrastructure.”
Senior ministers rushed back to Canberra Wednesday night for national security meetings before the big announcement.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese and several Labor leaders were also briefed with Defense Minister Peter Dutton and Foreign Minister Marise Payne, who are overseas, calling for meetings.
Diplomatic and defense sources suggest it could involve the US submarine operation from Perth’s HMAS Stirling.
But there was also speculation that the British government could be involved to help Australia secure the technology needed to service nuclear submarines.
Australia’s proposal to break existing contracts for French submarines and buy American nuclear technology has previously been described as “China’s worst nightmare” in the region, which could “tip the military balance in Asia.”
In June, the prime minister held talks with French President Emmanuel Macron about growing concerns regarding the $ 90 billion project that will not deliver submarines until 2030.
The Australian Naval Institute has recently been touting the option as the best ‘Plan B’ for Australia’s troubled submarine program.
“With increasing regional tensions, building our own unique submarines that will arrive in the early 2030s is not good enough. We have no guarantee that they will work, ” the article read.
“When we built the Collins-class submarines (at exorbitant cost), they did not function properly for several years. Only now, after decades of operation, are they reasonably functional.
“Submarines are the ultimate weapon of attack and deterrence: their location is expected to be unknown and they can strike targets without warning. But we need to expand beyond the capabilities of the Collins, and also the French attack ships that we should abandon.
“Instead, we should buy 12 of a proven design that is already in the water. We want long-range hunter-killer ships. We also want them to be able to stay submerged for long periods to avoid detection. Nuclear does this in spades. “
The prime minister is scheduled to fly to Washington next week to speak with the president of the United States. Recently, he has been traveling between Sydney and Canberra for national security meetings that his office said could not be held remotely.