Australia and France, in persona Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the Australian defense minister Christopher Pyne and the French Minister of Defense Florence Parly signed a strategic partnership in Canberra on 11 February. Specifically, it's about the contract for the construction of 12 submarines, Attack 'class.
During the ceremony, pointed S. Morrison on the renovation program of the Royal Australian Navy, one, as he put it "daring" project, to be built 54 naval vessels at the end or commissioned. It is not excluded the largest naval construction program of all nations, the United States since the end of World War II, an investment of $ 90 billion AU, approximately 54 billion euros. C. Pyne spoke of Australia to invest now his goal of 2% of GDP on defense, as soon as 2020, one year earlier than originally estimated, reach. F. Parly turn the agreement known as the "deal of the century".
By signing on Monday a tough struggle is about the succession of Australia (six), Collins' class ended. Naval Group was able to prevail (50 million AU $) against Japanese, Swedish, Spanish and German competition in which about 31 billion dollar business. Observers suspect calls on the edge of the G20 meeting in Argentina in November 2018 between French President Emmanuel Macron and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison would have looked ultimately decisive.
The first submarine HMAS, Attack 'to be completed in the early 2030s. Australia expects a know-how transfer and job retention in a heavily battered shipyard landscape - one numbered about 2,500 - 3,000 jobs. Osborne South Australia, Adelaide is expected to Boatyard. 169 Australian suppliers have been pre-qualified (based in Adelaide) for the program with the Naval Group Australia.
Hans Uwe Mergener