Japan says Australia's decision to go elsewhere for submarines 'deeply regrettable'. Image from Flickr, courtesy of Day Donaldson.says

Japan finds the Australian decision to go elsewhere for submarines 'deeply regrettable'. Image from Flickr, courtesy of Day Donaldson.

‘Deeply regrettable’: Japan sidelined as Australia awards submarine contract to France

26 April 2016

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France has beat competition from Germany and Japan to win a Aus$50 billion (US$39 billion) contract to design and build Australia’s next generation of submarines, in a decision Tokyo called ‘deeply regrettable’.

The announcement by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull culminates years of planning to replace Australia’s ageing diesel and electric-powered Collins Class submarines, which are due to leave service from around 2026.

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