British company BAE Systems will build Australian nuclear submarines under the Aukus agreement

Sydney (Australia), March 22 (IF). – The British company BAE Systems will build Australian nuclear-powered submarines included in the OCOs security agreement, signed by Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, according to an official announcement published. This Friday.

BAE Systems will build the SSN-Aukus nuclear submarines for the Australian Navy in cooperation with the Australian government company ASC, according to the statement, which did not specify the exact number of submarines that are part of this project.

The three partners also reported that an ASC has been selected to maintain SSN-Aukus, which is based on the design of the British nuclear-powered submarine and incorporates cutting-edge submarine technologies from the United States.

“BAE Systems has been at the heart of the British submarine enterprise for generations,” according to a statement from UK Defense Secretary Grant Shapps; His American counterpart, Lloyd J. Austin, and his Australian counterpart, Richard Marles.

Today's announcement comes as part of the visit of Shapps, who is participating today in the Australian city of Adelaide in the Annual Ministerial Consultations between Australia and the United Kingdom (AUCMEN, abbreviation in English) with his foreign counterpart David Cameron, in addition to other officials. Such as Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles, and Australian Chief of Diplomacy Penny Wong.

The AUKUS agreement, an English acronym for Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, was signed in 2021 and includes the construction and development of nuclear submarines in the oceanic country, as part of the competition between Washington and Beijing in the strategic and conflicting field. Indo-Pacific region.

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AUKUS's plan is to acquire three US Virginia-class submarines in the early 2030s, with the possibility of acquiring two more, which would allow time for the UK to deliver the first SSN-AUKUS submarine at the end of that decade and for Australia. To complete construction in the early 2040s of the first SSN-AUKUS at Adelaide shipyards. Evie

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