Japanese Submarines for Australian Navy (Soryu-class) ?

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sphere The Japanese Submarine Soryu-class

After decades of isolation in deals with military industry as sellers, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe clanged the rules and ended a decades-old ban so that Japan can now export weapons. However, it is not so easy because Japanese industry has little experience and almost no contacts abroad to address this sharp changes and complex business agreement in defense sector.

The opportunity to have this experience comes from the naval sector, in particular with the submarines. A consortium of Heavy Industries in Japan may achieve a huge contrast to build at least 12 submarines, using the newly constructed Soryu-class submarine technologies, for Australian Navy for more than US$35 billion.

The competitors come from Europe and are France and Germany. They claim the ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) of Germany and France’s state-controlled naval contractor DCNS are much more experienced in the sector and have finished suceesfully projects in many different countries. They have something that Japan does not have: Experience. However, technically, the balance might fall from the Japanese side. The displacement is almost twice of that of the European submarines, something required by the Australian Navy, who wants to replace the old HMAS-Collins submarines.

Australian submarine HMAS Rankin

HMAS_Collins Class submarine

Japan has not made a decision and they base this silencing position of the rules that show that each of the bidders need to present at least three estimates: one for construction overseas, another one that makes reference to a partial assembly in Australia and the final one that is related to a full build in an Australian shipyard.

Japanese side has to make clear a posture in short time because the Australian expert advisory council will make a report which may be published and/or submitted to the Australian decision-makers in November.

▽ Royal Australian Navy



Frigate Surface Force
The Australian Navy Frigate
Surface Force


HMAS Collins-class Rankin

Submarine Force
The Australian Navy
Submarine Force



Amphibious Force
The Australian Navy
Amphibious Force



Patrol Force
The Australian Navy
Patrol Force


HMAS Ballarat

MineHunting Force
The Australian Navy
Mine Warfare Force


HMAS Stuart

Replenishment and Survey Force
The Australian Navy
Replenishment and Survey Force



Training Ships and other Non-Commissioned Units
The Australian Navy Training Ships
and Other Non-Commissioned Units

▽Warships in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN)

Frigate surface Force (11): The principal striking force of the RAN comes from the eleven frigates of the surface force: eight of them belong to the Anzac class and the rest (three) are units from the Adelaide class.
Submarine Striking Force (6): The RAN operates six Collins-class submarines. Due to technical and manpower problems these submarines might be replaced in the future by Japanese Soryu-class submarines.
Amphibious Force (3): There are a huge variety of amphibious warfare units, which include two Canberra-class landing helicopter dock ships and the landing ship HMAS Choules.
Patrol Boat Force (13): There are thirteen Armidale-class patrol boats that perform coastal and economic exclusion zone patrols.
Mine Hunting and Warfare Force (4 + 2 in reserve):
There are four Huon-class vessels that are used for minehunting and clearance (another two are commissioned but in reserve since October 2011).
Replenishment Force (2 + 6 survey duties):
The task for replenishment at sea is provided by two ships, Sirius and Success. In addition, there are two Leeuwin-class and four Paluma-class vessels perform survey and charting duties.
Training Units (1 + 1 support vessel + 2 patrol boats):
The RAN operates the sail training ship Young Endeavour, the support vessel ADV Ocean Shield, and two Cape-class patrol boats. The latter ones are acquired thanks to the Australian Border Force.

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