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Aukus deal: Australia seeks to acquire nuclear submarines before 2040, defence minister says



Australia expects to soon announce more specifics of a plan to acquire nuclear-powered submarines under a security partnership with the US and Britain, Defence Minister Peter Dutton said.Prime Minister Scott Morrison in September announced the new defence alliance, Aukus, and moved to scrap a deal struck in 2016 with French shipbuilder Naval Group to build as many as 12 diesel-powered vessels, a project that had blown out to an estimated A$90 billion (US$66 billion).The secretly negotiated…



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