Military Capabilities

ASPI analyst questions Australian naval investment plans

12 December 2019

Major investment in new submarines, frigates, and offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) has left the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) with little or no financial headroom to exploit potentially game-changing technologies, a key analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) has warned.

The Project Sea 1000 Attack-class submarine, the Project Sea 5000 Hunter-class frigate, and the Project Sea 1180 Arafura-class OPV are intended to progressively recapitalise the RAN's frontline over the next 25 years. However, Dr Marcus Hellyer, a senior analyst at the ASPI, has questioned the wisdom of tying up so much of the defence budget in these long-term programmes.

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