3 weeks ago, a report from the Australian national audit agency, or ANAO, the equivalent of the French Cour des comptes, made a report carrying several remarks and questions concerning the Naval Group's program for the design and the construction of 12 Shortfin Barracuda submarines. These reports were quickly staged by the Labor opposition as a political argument, forcing the Conservative government to clarify the ins and outs of the program, and this on two occasions. But far from having ended it, it seems that from now on, a large part of the Australian press, specialized or not in Defense issues, are taking up the cause against the current program.
It must be said that the SEA 1000 contract was, for the naval group Kockums, one of the last major contracts that could save the group in the medium term, due to the significant drop in national forecast orders in the next two decades. Kockums had indeed designed and manufactured the 6 Collins class submarines between 1990 and 2003. These 3300-ton diving vessels have given satisfaction to the Australian Navy, and as such enjoy an excellent reputation in the country . However, the Swedish group was excluded from the 3 companies authorized to compete, because they have not designed submarines for 20 years, and have never designed a ship the size of the new class of the SEA 1000 program.
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