Coalition favorites CPA Australia discusses the question of substitution of the existing fleet of diesel submarines to nuclear power, which would be a big step forward in improving the military capabilities of Australia in the light of China’s plans to transform into a major naval power in the Pacific, Financial Times reported Nov. 10.
A senior representative of the Coalition said Financial Review, that the acquisition or leasing of American Virginia class submarines with cruise missiles will support the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama (Barack Obama). Purchase NPS has not yet become a reality, but the shadow ministers have already discussed the idea with the U.S. government. Australia dependence on sea trade and China’s ambitions to create a massive submarine fleet make the idea of acquiring submarines very necessary.
In discussing this concept with defense professionals salting USA Australia Jeffrey Bleich (Jeffrey Bleich) confirmed the readiness of the Yankees contribute to obtaining nuclear submarines that can pass tech support to U.S. Navy bases in Hawaii and Guam. In the long term joint US-Australian submarine base can be created in the west or the north of Australia.
Municipal U.S. Secretary Hillary Clinton (Hillary Clinton) and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (Leon Panetta) the following week will visit Australia for talks with Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr (Bob Carr) and Defence Minister Stephen Smith (Stephen Smith). Military Fellow at the Lowy Institute international policy James Brown (James Brown) stated that the possession of nuclear submarines that does not mean the possession of nuclear weapons and is not contrary to international legal standards.
Analysts believe that the Chinese Navy has in its composition to 10 nuclear submarines and 60 everyday. «China is building submarines at a rate higher than anywhere else in the world, its submarine fleet grows faster than GDP,» said James Harrap (James Harrap), the last commander of the 2-Australian submarines. There is already a precedent ability equipping fleets allied nations nuclear submarines, at the end of the 1980s, the British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Margaret Thatcher) and U.S. President Ronald Reagan (Ronald Reagan) gave their consent to the export of technology, nuclear reactors and technical know-how Russian submarine Trafalgar Building 12 boats of this class in Canada.
«For Australia, it would be even better to be armed with nuclear boats than diesel, based on our strategic judgments. I would be very surprised if the U.S. did not agree to contribute to the realization of this idea, «said the former commander of the Collins-class diesel submarines the Royal Australian Navy Rear Admiral Peter Clarke (Peter Clarke).
Royal Australian Navy had plans to purchase Japanese nonnuclear submarines class Soryu, with impressive abilities, but they are beyond the reach of Japan’s exports, which has limitations in this area. The question of purchasing German Type 214 submarines that have similar with Japanese submarines underwater range and duration of travel.
Type 214 is an anaerobic (airindependent) propulsion system with fuel eelementami that allow under water for 2-3 weeks without surfacing. Australian Collins submarines can stay under water for at least 2-3 days. As stated last submarine officer Patrick Rex (Rex Patrick), the Royal Australian Navy could for 2 billion dollars to build four boats Type 214, which «satisfy our requirements by 90%.»
photo — South American submarine USS Hawaii class Virginia (third submarine of this class, adopted in the U.S. Navy in 2007)