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US in talks to speed up construction of Australia’s first nuclear submarines – reports



WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Biden administration is deep in talks to expedite construction of Australia’s first nuclear submarines, as guaranteed by the AUKUS defense pact, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

The report says, citing Western officials, that the United States wants to build Australia’s first nuclear-powered submarines and provide it with a fleet by the mid-2030s in response to the growing military power of the China,

The US recommendation has yet to be formally approved, but a final decision on it is expected in March, according to the report.

The report also highlights the challenges the United States would face in carrying out this task, including the need to secure billions of dollars to expand its submarine production capability and to secure a contribution from the Australia to support the effort.

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