Australian Politics – How Safe Are Prime Minister Turnbull’s Submarines?

Posted on Tue 10/25/2016 by


Bolt New 01By Andrew Bolt ~

I yesterday raised again questions about the cost and delays of Malcolm Turnbull’s $50 billion order for submarines, as well as the reliability of the supplier.

Photo: A Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A pre-concept design released as part of the DCNS pitch. (Supplied: DCNS)

Photo: A Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A pre-concept design released as part of the DCNS pitch. (Supplied: DCNS)

Cameron Stewart says there’s also a security matter that Turnbull is trying to brush aside:

The Turnbull government’s claim that the $50 billion future submarine project will not be hurt by the massive leak of confidential data from French submarine builder DCNS has been undermined by the architect who will build the boats.

Gerard Audet, the chief naval architect of the proposed new Australian submarine, the Shortfin Barracuda, has revealed in an article that the new Australian submarine will have key systems in common with the French-­designed Scorpene-class of submarines which suffered the major leak of confidential data.

The Australian revealed in ­August that 22,400 pages of con­fidential data detailing the combat capability of India’s six new Scorpene-class submarines had been leaked from DCNS, the French company which also won the design contract for the Australian project.

At that time, Malcolm Turnbull and Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne played down the relevance of the leak, with the Prime Minister saying the Australian boat would be “completely different’’ to the ­Indian Scorpene. Mr Pyne also said the Indian boat bore “no relation’’ to the Australian boat.

Reader Peter of Bellevue Hill:

It is remarkable that the gallery has shown little interest in pursuing Turnbull over this, demanding the cancellation of the contract and the reopening of tender. It’s a scandal that could see taxpayers fork out up to $200 billion on a project that might well be rendered utterly worthless.

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.

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