US & UK to share classified submarine data with Australia under AUKUS — Analysis
Washington, London, Canberra and Canberra have reached an agreement to share sensitive data about submarines as part of AUKUS’s pact to arm Australia nuclear-powered submarines. This was signed in September.
Newly signed agreement allows the UK, the US, and Australia to share information on nuclear propulsion with Australia “which they cannot with any other country,”Peter Dutton (Australian Defense Minister) made the announcement on Monday.
The exchange can help to determine “optimal pathway”According to him, Canberra should acquire nuclear-powered submarines through the AUKUS Pact. Australia currently has an 18-month window to review the specifications for delivery of state-of the-art hardware.
Australian service personnel will be able to get training by their American counterparts and British counterparts in building and operating nuclear submarines.
“This agreement will assist Australia to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to create a world-class regulatory and safety regime required for the safe operation of naval nuclear propulsion,”Dutton stated.
A committee from the Australian Parliament must now review the Exchange of Naval Nuclear Propulsion Information Agreement.
On September 15, the AUKUS pact was announced unexpectedly by leaders from Australia, UK, and USA. It aims to arm the Royal Australian Navy in nuclear-powered yet conventionally-armed submarines.
Australia unilaterally cancelled its $90 million diesel-electric submarine deal with France. France responded by saying it was being stabbed in back. Canberra and Washington recalled their ambassadors. Since then, both ambassadors have returned to their embassies.
China was also angered by the AUKUS deal, saying Australia’s deal to receive nuclear-powered submarines will undermine security in the Indo-Pacific region.
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