The Northern Star - - YOUR SAY -

I WAS in China when the $50 bil­lion Aus­tralian sub­ma­rine ac­qui­si­tions were an­nounced.

The China Daily cov­ered the story and was quick to re­ply that the Chi­nese YU8 mis­sile could take care of any sub­ma­rine threat from Aus­tralia in a mat­ter of min­utes.

Thus the YU8 mis­sile makes the Aus­tralian sub­ma­rine ac­qui­si­tion ob­so­lete.

It is back in the news be­cause of the rise/fall con­di­tions in the con­tract.

Of course more likely a rise than a fall will oc­cur.

I do not be­lieve ad­e­quate re­search was done with this ac­qui­si­tion.

The French are not ex­pe­ri­enced in the field of sub­ma­rine man­u­fac­ture.

Their naval his­tory is far from a suc­cess.

Per­haps Ger­many could have been ap­proached as they are and al­ways have been fa­mous for their sub­marines.

The sub­ma­rine blue­prints and plans are not fully de­vel­oped and the ac­quired sub­marines ex­ist in the­ory only, yet the Aus­tralian Govern­ment has awarded the con­tract.

Ian May,


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