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Australia to get nuclear submarines: All you need to know about them
 

 
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The United States will arm Australia with nuclear submarine technology as part of a new defence partnership, known as AUKUS — an acronym of the three countries’ names — announced on Wednesday.

Biden said the work to enable Australia to build nuclear-powered submarines would ensure that they had "the most modern capabilities we need to maneuver and defend against rapidly evolving threats

The submarines, stressed Biden and the other leaders, will not be nuclear-armed, only powered with nuclear reactors.

On the same, Australian prime minister Morrison said: Let me be clear: Australia is not seeking to acquire nuclear weapons or establish a civil nuclear capability. And we will continue to meet all our nuclear non-proliferation obligations.”

Australia said it intended to build eight nuclear-powered submarines under the agreement.

What is a nuclear submarine?

A nuclear submarine is a submarine powered by a nuclear reactor. The performance advantages of nuclear submarines over "conventional" (typically diesel-electric) submarines are considerable.

Submarines with nuclear propulsion systems have limitless range and are less detectable in operation. Conventional submarines, on the other hand, must surface periodically and have a comparatively limited range and are viewed as being outclassed by China's growing capabilities.

Numerous reports have also said that nuclear submarines can reach speeds of 55 kmph and more when submerged, and have a cruising speed of 38-47 kmph. Conventional submarines have a cruising speed of 10-27 kmph.

A nuclear submarine would give the Australian Navy the ability to patrol the*Indo-Pacific*for a longer time and further, venturing as far north as Taiwan.


However, for all its benefits, the nuclear submarine does have some disadvantages.

Nuclear submarines are often bigger and thus less manoeuvrable in shallow coastal waters.

Furthermore, New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern announced that New Zealand will continue to maintain a ban on nuclear-powered vessels in its waters, reducing the areas that Australian submarines will be allowed to operate in.

Also, Australia does not have a domestic nuclear industry able to support the manufacturing of these vessels. This would also imply that Australia will have to rely on another nation for nuclear fuel.

Australia joins the Big 6

Only six countries in the world — America, Britain, China, France, India and Russia — currently operate nuclear-powered submarines.

It should be noted that this is the first time the United States has shared its nuclear propulsion technology with an ally since the US-UK Mutual Defence Agreement of 1958 after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik.

US officials said the sensitive nuclear propulsion technology was unlikely to be shared again soon.

China became the fifth country to have a nuclear-powered submarine in 1987 when it commissioned a Xia class submarine, whereas India joined the club in 2012 when the Russian Akula-II class submarine `K-152 Nerpa’ was commissioned into the Indian Navy as INS Chakra on a 10-year lease.
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 4 weeks ago '20        #2
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we ready!!!

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 DarkArmy said
we ready!!!

Whos we
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 4 weeks ago '18        #4
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 Top Goon said

Whos we

Aussies feelin nize like


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 4 weeks ago '20        #5
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France is furious because they were building some subs for Australia
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 4 weeks ago '19        #6
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Okay?

No one's bothered trying to invade Australia for anything since WWII and that's only because they needed to get somewhere else


 4 weeks ago '06        #7
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 Airtight said
Okay?

No one's bothered trying to invade Australia for anything since WWII and that's only because they needed to get somewhere else

you’re right that no one has tried to invade australia aside from several dozen invasive species. the objective is not Australia tho, it’s having another friend to f*ght back the aggression in the South China Sea. 4-D chess my friend.
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Whos we
murica n*gga!!!!



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