To expand the industrial base to build and maintain submarines, thousands of workers will be sent to shipyards in the US and UK for on-the-job training and then transfer those skills to Australia.
The Commonwealth Government estimates that the AUKUS submarine venture will support approximately 20,000 direct jobs over the next 30 years across Australian industry, the Australian Defense Force and the Australian Public Service.
At its peak, AUKUS supports up to 8,500 direct jobs in the Australian workforce alone, building and maintaining submarines, with South and Western Australia being major beneficiaries.
Scientists, engineers, project managers, technicians, welders, construction workers, electricians and metal fabricators are booming occupations that support supply chains and shipyards.
A regulatory regime must also be established to oversee the safety and security of nuclear submarines and compliance with national and international law.
“This is about employment and employment, including manufacturing, and Adelaide in particular will be a big beneficiary of this announcement, as will Western Australia,” Albanese said before leaving India for the United States. told to
“This is about building our capacity. It’s an absolute priority for us when we talk about the issue of building submarines in Australia. That will be seen as part of the announcement.”
US Democratic Congressman Joe Courtney, AUKUS’s biggest supporter in Congress, has confirmed that Australia will contribute to the production of US Virginia-class submarines in the United States.
“Become a mixture”
“It’s going to be a mixture. It’s going to be something where everyone contributes to each other’s needs,” he told ABC TV.
“I think it will benefit Australia in terms of actually getting a workforce with the skill sets to build their own submarines. I hope this program will be a success.”
He did not confirm whether Australia would reissue badges for existing Virginia-class models, as reported last week. Australian Financial Review.
“What you get is the highest quality,” I say wholeheartedly. A Virginia-class submarine has a 33-year lifespan and its reactors do not require refueling.
“No one would push a bummer on a good friend or ally.”
Emphasizing industrial interests may be necessary to dull criticism of the submarine’s delivery costs.Virginia submarine under construction abroad.
As China militarizes, defense planners are questioning whether they can maintain open sea lanes that carry most of Australia’s imports and exports to Asia, or protect the undersea communications cables that connect the country to the rest of the world. people are losing confidence.
But while they offer the best capabilities for nuclear submarines to secure access in terms of speed, stealth and range, conventionally powered submarines are easier to detect as surveillance technology improves, including spy satellites. I think it will be
Lack of skills is ‘biggest risk’
Defense officials have acknowledged that building a trained workforce is the biggest risk to submarine projects, and are planning to create a new workforce within days to attract those interested in careers at sea. We are planning to start a recruitment campaign.
The Navy has 900 submarines for six aging Collins-class boats with about 55-60 crew members. However, British submarines require a crew of about 100 and Virginia-class submarines about 135.
But the Pentagon hopes that the advantages nuclear submarines have over diesel-electric submarines will make them easier to attract and maintain. For example, the Collins now operates on a two-hour clock, with the crew working her six hours and taking six hours off.
Larger crews on nuclear submarines allow sailors to rest longer, reducing the risk of burnout. The unlimited energy supply provided by nuclear reactors means the compromises that conventionally powered submarines must make to conserve power underwater. For example, you can avoid running air conditioners or hot showers.
One of the main arguments in favor of nuclear submarines is their speed. A Collins-class submarine takes her 10 days to travel from her main base in Perth to Sydney. This will be shortened to 3 days.
It also means a much shorter time for submarines to reach operational waters thousands of kilometers from mainland Australia.
But Chennupati Jagadish, president of the Australian Academy of Sciences, warned that nuclear science faces a skills crisis even before the deal with AUKUS began.
“The AUKUS partnership to acquire nuclear defense submarines, the increasing use of radiation therapy in medicine, is focused on quantum technology, the development of materials robust enough to withstand cosmic radiation. Make sure that it is,” said Professor Jagadish.
“We are far behind other countries in our national nuclear and radiological science capabilities.”
Courtney, who has one of the U.S. shipyards in the Connecticut area, said China’s aggression meant the project was fundamentally necessary.
“In my opinion, China’s missile force is the real reason driving this decision, because surface ships are so vulnerable right now,” he said.
“The ground is actually a much more dangerous place, and unfortunately the diesel electric that was previously planned is present and has to operate on the ground.”