Australian PM to inaugurate French work in lucrative DCNS submarines deal

Australian PM to inaugurate French work in lucrative DCNS submarines dealBy Harry Pearl SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is due on Sunday to inaugurate at a French shipyard work on a new fleet of submarines that will form the centerpiece of Australia’s defense strategy for decades to come. Australia selected French naval contractor DCNS in April 2016 to build its fleet of 12 submarines, ahead of other offers from Japan and Germany, sealing one of the world’s most lucrative defense contracts. At a joint press briefing with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, Turnbull said he would open the project office at the DCNS Cherbourg shipyard.



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