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Monday, September 8, 2014, 17:18

Australia 'to buy Japanese submarines'

By Xinhua

 Australia 'to buy Japanese submarines'
Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) officers stand guard on the deck of submarine Kenryu during its fleet review off Sagami Bay, Japan's Kanagawa prefecture on Oct 14, 2012. (Photo / AFP)

SYDNEY - The next generation of Australian submarines will be made in Japan, local media reported on Monday.

News Corp Australia claims the Australian government will select the Japanese-built Soryu Class submarine to replace locally built Collins Class boats, when they retire in 2030.

According to the report, more than 20 billion Australian dollars (US$18.72 billion) would be spent buying up to 10 of the Japanese submarines.

The claim is contrary to what Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott promised in the lead-up to last year's election, in which, he said the submarines would be built in South Australia.

Abbott on Monday did not deny the latest media report. Instead, he told reporters in Sydney, "The most important thing is to get the best and most capable submarines at a reasonable price to the Australian taxpayer."

It is estimated the Japanese vessels would cost half the price of Australia-built submarines.

A final decision was due to be included in the Defense White Paper to be released by mid 2015, however the government could announce the new deal before the end of the year.

 
 
 
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