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Australia’s Nuclear Subs Will Use a UK Design to Counter China

  • US parts and upgrades will be provided for the subs as well
  • In the meantime, the US may base some subs in Australia
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Australia’s Nuclear Subs to Use UK Design, People Say
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Australia’s new fleet of nuclear-powered submarines will be based on a modified British design with US parts and upgrades, people familiar with the matter said, as the three countries press ahead with a security partnership meant to counter China.

The submarine plan, set to be announced next week, will take years to produce its first vessel, probably necessitating stopgap measures, according to the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private deliberations. In the meantime, the US may base nuclear submarines in Australia or even sell the country US Virginia-class submarines.