APDR May 2020: Is the Attack-class costing $33.7 billion too much?

Coming to grips with the fundamentals of SEA 1000 is proving as elusive as ever, despite Parliamentary oversight and some external scrutiny – most notably by the Australian National Audit Office. Defence Minister Linda Reynolds remains confident that the first of the new submarines will be operational 14 years from now, though the basis of that optimism appears to be assurances from the Department that everything will now go precisely to plan with no further delays or major difficulties.

Since Australia plans to build to an entirely new design – though one using many dated technologies – with a combat system contracted separately from a different supplier, in a new shipyard and with a new workforce, it is hard to see…

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