Australian documents showed French submarine project had been under threat for years
SYDNEY (Reuters) – France should not have been surprised that Australia canceled a submarine contract, as major concerns over delays, cost overruns and adequacy had been expressed officially and publicly since. years, said Australian politicians. Paris recalled its ambassadors from Canberra and Washington, saying it was blinded by Canberra’s decision to build nuclear-powered submarines with the United States and Britain rather than stick to its contract for them. French diesel submarines. Yet as early as September 2018, an independent watchdog led by former US Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter advised Australia to look into alternatives and questioned whether the project was in the national interest. a 2020 public report from the country’s auditor. General shows.