Our currency certainly would have been more conducive to local production. Just a side note though, the mining investment boom had already ended when USD/AUD was hovering in the mid-90's. It was the US QE, higher bond yields, the AAA rating and good outlook on China (there wasn't that much talk about a landing back then) that propped up the currency.
I believe the car manufacturers also said that they had been under pressure from other factors for a while. E.g. high labour costs. Toyota gave an example where every worker took Friday afternoon off together to donate blood, thus stopping the production line completely.
I just hope these subs won't turn out to be like those Collins.
In shallower and or restricted waters, AIP subs are a better fit, they are smaller, stealthier and just as deadly to an attacker
I agree that an AIP sub is a better fit for a defensive use case in confined waters, but I'm not sure that's what Australia is dealing with. The Collins is already a bit of an outlier with a huge patrol range compared to most conventional subs. Range obviously wouldn't be an issue with the original Barracuda design, but I can't quite make myself believe DCNS will find enough room for fuel in a conventional propulsion conversion.
I have faith that what the RAN brings to the table in so far as ABCA operations go is designed to complement not duplicate a nuke boat. 12 boats will make the RAN the most powerful navy in that part of the world and them being AIP will give them a manned offensive/recon inshore ability vs China even the USN can't match. Only way you're going to find a modern AIP sub is with active sonar.I agree that an AIP sub is a better fit for a defensive use case in confined waters, but I'm not sure that's what Australia is dealing with. The Collins is already a bit of an outlier with a huge patrol range compared to most conventional subs. Range obviously wouldn't be an issue with the original Barracuda design, but I can't quite make myself believe DCNS will find enough room for fuel in a conventional propulsion conversion.
Think seal delivery vehicle or SAS equiv on an AIP sub...
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However the same article also talked about proposal to use lead/acid batteries as the submerged power source. I was a bit skeptical when I read this part because while granted they will have more storage space to play with in a modified Barracuda such a decision (if true) means the Navy has assessed the other options available i.e. other advanced batteries, fuel cells, closed cycle diesels and stirling engines etc and found them wanting. I would have thought that given the time frame for this purchase they would be keeping their options open.
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Eric Heginbotham and Richard J. Samuels think it is a mistake to take the (French) Shortfin Barracuda and that Oz should have gone for the *** Soryu-class; https://www.foreignaffairs.com/artic...oor-substitute
Don't know enough about this sort of thing to offer a view but thought it might add to the discussion.
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