Australia and France have reaffirmed their “full commitment” to the AUD80 billion (USD55.15 billion) project to build 12 Attack-class submarines for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
The joint declaration – announced 15 February – follows comments attributed to John Davis, the chief executive of French-owned Naval Group’s Australian subsidiary, in which he questioned the capability of Australian firms looking to participate in the construction project.
This participation is framed through Canberra’s Australian Industry Capability (AIC) programme, which commits prime contractors to engage with local industry.
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