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I think it was the other way around.
The previous government didn't want to buy a nuclear boat so the French clobber together a diesel version of an existing design.
The current government prefers a nuclear boat.
Is France willing to share their nuclear tech? It is one thing for them to offer the hull design with diesel electric propulsion. It is a whole other level to start letting Australia have their nuclear tech. A big part of this current deal is that the US and UK have made "a strategic decision" to share their nuclear tech with Australia.
It is already in production for the MN. And it is the nuclear version of the sub they were buying.
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