This is coolbert:
Australians now at odds with the French? Shortfin now fini? Soryu yes Barracuda no? I thought this was a done deal!
From the story as seen at Freeper.
"Aussies At Impasse With France Over New Sub; Japan May Win"
don’t often think about France and Australia, unless you really know
your history and know that a French explorer arrived in the Antipodes
days after the First Fleet arrived from Britain and that much of the
vast continent was surveyed by French sailors. But France and Australia
may grow much closer . . . if they can sign a
strategic partnership agreement to clear the path for work on a stealthy
attack submarine known as the Shortfin Barracuda. That is beginning to
look less likely, with French and Australian politicians and
policymakers increasingly questioning the program."
"France and Australia must
resolve major differences over the Aussie’ new submarine program before a
new Australian government is elected next year, and the most obvious
alternative is Japan."
A$50 billion [Australian dollars] contract at stake here? NO chump change as they say.
See previous blog entries the topic of which was the next-generation RAN submarine. Royal Australian Navy having decided first on the French model Shortfin Barracuda but now the impasse?