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Indo-Pacific Competition Goes Underwater

June 14 2023

In 2021, Australia decided to end plans to buy conventional submarines
from France and instead buy nuclear-powered boats in cooperation with
the U.K. and U.S. Under the AUKUS framework, the U.S. will deliver
at least three Virginia-class submarines in the 2030s, with a new design
submarine to be developed with the U.K. for service entry in the 2050s.
Above, is an artist’s concept of the new AUKUS nuclear-powered sub.

Weapons sales have long been a part of security partnerships around...



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