France offered a diesel-electric version of the Barracuda-class nuclear submarine under construction for the French navy. Photo: DCNS France offered a diesel-electric version of the Barracuda-class nuclear submarine under construction for the French navy. Photo: DCNS
France offered a diesel-electric version of the Barracuda-class nuclear submarine under construction for the French navy. Photo: DCNS

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

Japan had offered to build Australia a variant of its 4,000 tonne Soryu submarine - but risked antagonising China, Australia’s top trading partner

France offered a diesel-electric version of the Barracuda-class nuclear submarine under construction for the French navy. Photo: DCNS France offered a diesel-electric version of the Barracuda-class nuclear submarine under construction for the French navy. Photo: DCNS
France offered a diesel-electric version of the Barracuda-class nuclear submarine under construction for the French navy. Photo: DCNS
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