Scott Morrison is expected to make a major announcement about the future of a submarine program that could “tip the military balance in Asia.”
Scott Morrison is expected to make a major announcement on the future of the submarine program on Thursday amid speculation that Australia could “go nuclear” with nuclear-powered submarines leased or purchased from the United States.
The President of the United States, Joe Biden, will make a big announcement at 7am AEST.
Senior ministers rushed back to Canberra Wednesday night for national security meetings before the big announcement. 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.
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.
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.