CITIZENS FOR DEFENCE
Robert Bond Director Citizens for Defence
Japanese sub yesterday’s technology
Japans Soryu-class submarines have a top speed of 13 knots on the surface and 20 knots submerged for an undisclosed distance, probably 100 kilometres. With the aid of incredibly expensive Air Independent Propulsion AIP the Soryu can crawl along at 6.5 knots for 6,100 nautical miles.
Is this what Australia needs when we can buy US Virginia class nuclear powered submarines for less money which can sail submerged around the world at 32 knots and never surface? The Virginia sub has 40,000 shaft horsepower available for the life of the submarine compared with the Soryu sub which has 8000 shaft horsepower limited by battery capacity and fuel for the AIP. This only allows the Soryu sub to be submerged for a few weeks if it limits the travel speed and distances traveled.
Does Australia really want to be dependent on an Asian nation that we were at war with 67 years ago for spare parts and repairs to our submarines over the next 40 years? One diplomatic tiff and our subs could become useless.
Is Australia content to let its sailors fight and die in a submarine with yesterday’s technology when it is pitted against nimble Chinese nuclear powered submarines?
If the allies of the US in the Western Pacific Ocean refuse to support the US by every means possible, the US is just as likely to pack up and withdraw to Hawaii and leave us to our own devices to handle China.
Australia needs Virginia class submarines to aid our ally the US counter the aggressive bullying of China in the coming decades which may be the only way to ensure our survival.