Britain and the US last night hailed a deal to help Australia build nuclear-powered subs to combat Chinese aggression.
The AUKUS defence alliance will share nuclear secrets to give Australia its first fleet of the vessels.
UK-based firms Babcock, BAE and Rolls-Royce are likely to help build the stealth subs. They are faster and can stay submerged longer than Australia’s current diesel-electric Collins-class fleet.
The move is likely to enrage French ministers as reports Down Under last night claimed that a £48billion deal with France for 12 non-nuclear subs would now be scrapped.
Britain and US will help Australia build nuclear-powered subs to combat China
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