An independent report into Australia’s Sea 1000 programme has criticised the selection process and calls for the urgent acquisition of six modified military off-the shelf (MMOTS) boats to avoid any capability gap caused by possible delays in construction of the Shortfin Barracuda Future Submarine design.
This would be preferable to the alternative of an expensive life-of-type extension to the six-strong in-service Collins-class fleet, according to the report ‘Australia’s Future Submarine: Getting this Key Capability Right’, produced by the independent consultancy Insight Economics.
Commissioned by a Sydney businessman with an interest in maritime defence issues, the 132-page review was led by Michael Keating, a former head of the Australian Public Service and Secretary of the Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Finance.
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