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SYDNEY, Sept 21 (Reuters) - France shouldn't have been surprised that Australia cancelled a submarine contract, as major concerns about delays, cost overruns and suitability had been aired officially and publicly for years, Australian politicians said.

Paris has recalled its ambassadors from Canberra and Washington, saying it was blindsided by Canberra's decision to build nuclear-powered submarines with the U.S. and Britain rather than stick with its contract for French diesel submarines.

Yet as early as September 2018, an independent oversight board led by a former U.S. Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter had advised Australia to look at alternatives to the French submarine, and questioned whether the project was in the national interest, a 2020 public report from the country's Auditor-General shows.

 

Government ministers said this week Canberra had been "up front" with Paris about the problems.

A French lawmaker also raised questions in the country's parliament in June about Australian concerns over delays, and whether Australia might be considering submarine alternatives, French government records show.

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/australian-documents-showed-french-submarine-project-was-risk-years-2021-09-21/

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12 minutes ago, OverSword said:

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Yeah, it wasn't a done deal by any stretch. I can understand France's flustration, 'though. The subs in question were originally nuclear powered which Australia wanted converted to conventional diesel-electric power to avoid the expense and upkeep of nuclear subs! 

Sunk before Service: Australia’s Disastrous Submarine Project - » The Australian Independent Media Network (theaimn.com)

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