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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