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Re: They only need the LA class as a training boat. nt
As I understand it, the US is only offering the power plant. Australia will have to design its own sub.
Same for the UK although they would love it if the Australians buy the Astute class.
One starts training as soon as possible because one needs experience personnel in depth. Those who will operate the sub in 20 years will require experienced backups.
Yes, but the Australian SSNs are expected to be in service earliest in 2040, likely later. That is in 20 years. When it does make sense to start training? Does it make sense to use a submarine now for training, which is already outdated and uses a different type of reactor? And a submarine, which would need refueling to use it to the 2030s? Which would be 45-55 years old in the 2040s? At a time, the USN plans to complete the first SSN(X), the successors of the Virginia class?
The last point is anyway interesting: does the US offers the SSN(X)? Or only the then old Virginia class design?
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