US, Australia, Britain Sign Key Deal In Aukus Nuclear Sub Alliance

US, Australia, Britain Sign Key Deal In Aukus Nuclear Sub Alliance

Andrew H. Sweet

British Defense Minister Peter Dutton joined US and Australian diplomats in signing an agreement allowing the exchange of sensitive "naval nuclear propulsion information" among the nations.

It is the first agreement on the technology to be publicly signed since the three countries announced in September a defense alliance, Aukus, to confront strategic tensions in the Pacific where China-US rivalry is growing.

Under the Aukus deal, Australia would obtain eight state-of-the-art, nuclear-powered submarines capable of stealthy, long-range missions. It also provides for sharing cyber, artificial intelligence, quantum, and unspecified undersea capabilities.

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