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Australia's Future Submarine

This major report shows that Australia’s Future Submarine (FSM) project is extravagantly expensive, highly risky and, in an era of heightened tensions in the Indo Pacific, could compromise the future defence of Australia. It also proposes a Plan B risk mitigation strategy that should be considered very carefully by the government.
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Australia's future maritime defence 

We believe the current plan for the design and construction of 12 Attack class submarines by the French government-owned company Naval Group is fundamentally flawed.
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MAJOR DEFENCE GAP

The first submarine is not expected to be in service until 2035 at the earliest, which is far too late from both a strategic and an operational perspective and will likely leave our defence forces with a major capability gap.
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EXCESSIVE USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS

The already excessive cost has blown out by 60% before even a preliminary design has been produced and at $80bn for design and construction and $225bn for total through life cost the submarines are outlandishly expensive.
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OFFSHORE BUILD AND MAINTENANCE

The reason we build submarines in Australia is to be able to sustain them, while Naval Group will aim to maximise French industry involvement – currently without any competition in the process there is an inadequate level of engagement between Naval Group and Australian suppliers.
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Reports

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We commission various policy experts to research and produce reports on the state of submarine manufacturing in Australia.
11.03.2020

Australia's Future Submarine

Produced by Insight Economics
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HMAS-Rankin
25.11.2019

Why the RAN needs nuclear powered-submarines

Produced by Rear Admiral Chris Stanford
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HMAS-Rankin
25.11.2019

Submission to the ANAO

Produced by Submarines for Australia
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Astute submarine
20.11.2019

Nuclear energy submission

Produced by Submarines for Australia
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