Japan links Australian submarine bid to regional security

Australian Collins class submarines (from left) HMAS Dechaineux, HMAS Waller and HMAS Sheean in Cockburn Sound, near Rockingham in Western AustraliaJapan’s defence minister urged Australia Sunday to award a huge submarine contract to his country, saying such a deal would help bolster regional security. Australia has put out to tender a project worth up to Aus$50 billion (US$36 billion) to replace its current diesel and electric-powered Collins Class submarines. France and Germany are also in the running with Japan to secure the order, with a November 30 deadline to submit final proposals.

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