By Andrew Bolt ~
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised to build 12 new French submarines in Adelaide, with Australian steel with the announcement today that the new submarine contract has been awarded to the French Company, DCNS.
And so a project to defend Australia has become a project to employ Australians. The estimated extra cost of building each submarine here will be 30 per cent, excluding the software. In other words, we could have got 16 for the price of 12 if we’d just bought them overseas.
Background from TonyfromOz:
There were three bidders for this contract to provide new submarines for Australia, to replace the aging Collins Class submarines. The requirement was that the submarines be non nuclear subs, so that narrowed the prospects. The three Companies vying for the project were from France, Germany, and Japan. There is a more in depth article at this link. The submarines, while basically of the French design will incorporate American technology, mainly surrounding the weapons delivery computers and software, and also the state of the art weapons which have been in use in the upgraded Collins Class subs currently in operation. The image below is a concept image of the new sub, and how cute to add the dolphin leaping out of the water in front of the sub.
Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.