Hong Kong media reported that Australia’s attention to anti submarine warfare is based on the current assessment of the naval situation in the India Ocean Pacific region.
According to Asian Times 16, Australia was vigilant about the expansion of China’s influence in the South Pacific. The recent landmark event was that Australia had spent a huge amount of money on the introduction of British made advanced frigates to “kill Chinese submarines.”
Reported that Australia is working to strengthen the naval deterrent force, “to prevent possible foreign invasion.” The Australian Navy announced in June that it will spend 35 billion Australian dollars (US $26 billion) to buy 9 new frigates from the United Kingdom. The ship is based on the design and transformation of the latest British model 26 frigate, which is known as “the best anti submarine ship in the world”. Although it is a frigate, its full load of water is up to 8000 tons. It will be equipped with American Aegis system and “standard” air defense missiles. The overall combat capability exceeds a lot of destroyers. Reported that these advanced ships will replace the Australian aging frigate, “although it can not fight with the Chinese Navy, but in the future to cooperate with the United States.”
According to the report, Australia’s attention to anti submarine warfare is based on the assessment of the current naval situation in the India Ocean Pacific region. “The Australian government is concerned about the strength of China’s underwater fleet. The PLA Navy has 73 submarines, 12 of which are nuclear power. In addition, Russia has strengthened military cooperation with China in recent years, and has deployed 21 submarines in the Western Pacific.
In addition to 9 new frigates, Australia will also deploy 12 conventional submarines designed by France and 12 U.S. – made P-8A anti submarine patrol aircraft in the future. Not long ago, Canberra announced that it would buy 6 MQ-4C unmanned anti submarine patrol aircraft from the United States, “they can be used to monitor the South China Sea”.
Some analysts believe that it is hard to say whether Australia’s plan can be fulfilled. The Australian side has asked to build 6 of the frigates in the country, but it is subject to industrial capacity, with many problems in Australia’s homemade warships and even serious quality problems.