Submarines, Australia signed an agreement with the US and the United Kingdom – Oceania

(ANSA) – SYDNEY, November 22 – Australia today officially launched a controversial program to equip itself with nuclear-powered submarines as part of a new defense alliance with the United Kingdom and the United States. Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton has signed an agreement with British and US diplomats authorizing the exchange of “Naval Nuclear Propulsion Information” between their countries.

The agreement is the first to be made public since the three countries announced their new defense alliance, called Aukas, in September to address rising strategic tensions between the United States and China in the Pacific.

With this alliance Australia canceled a mega-contract for the purchase of 12 French conventional-propelled submarines for $90 billion (€55 billion), sparking a tough dispute between Paris and Canberra. (the handle).

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