Government must explain submarine project decisions

Government must explain submarine project decisions, by Robert Gottliebsen. Following on from the recent poplar post by Gottliebsen on the Aussie sub purchase.

Last week I discussed how the combat system for the submarine was being provided directly to Australia by the Americans who were anxious that the French designers of the submarine not learn too much about it for fear they would leak the details of the combat system to the Russians, Chinese or anyone else. Designing a new submarine where the two major suppliers are not allowed to talk to each other is almost certain to deliver a horrific outcome. …

The DCNS Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A design is a conventionally-powered derivative of France’s nuclear-powered Suffren-class submarines.

Australian deep state screw up: Stupid, late, hobbled by politics, and ripping us off blind.

Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Alistair Pope … points out that in simple terms Australia is buying a nuclear submarine and taking out its nuclear propulsion systems and replacing them with lead acid battery based systems that require large amounts of diesel fuel. Yes, there are lots of bells and whistles proposed on the propulsion systems, but basically it is World War II technology. …

[People] are starting to develop unmanned submarines driven by artificial intelligence. … The next generation of manned submarines, according to Pope, will be major carriers of unmanned submarines and will co-ordinate the attacks of those unmanned submarines. We will not get our first old style submarine until 2035 or more likely 2040 – that is two decades away and the order won’t be completed until around 2050 – 30 years away. We are spending this enormous sum on a submarine that even before it starts development looks outdated. …

Already sailors are reluctant to sail in the Collins class submarine for fear that they are in a coffin. The French submarine will be much more dangerous.