AUKUS focus is on submarine tech., there is no room for a fourth nation: sources

Source: This post is created based on the article “Understanding IMF bailouts”, published in Indian Express on 27th Feb 2023.

Syllabus Topic: GS Paper 2 – International Organisations

News: As per the sources, submarine technology development is the primary focus of the AUKUS arrangement. In this segment, there is no scope of potential collaboration between AUKUS and India.

However, cooperation with India is possible in the second pillar for broader technology cooperation.

Pillar-2 of the group is useful for cooperation in technologies like electronic warfare, cyberspace and quantum.

Under AUKUS arrangement, Australia will receive at least three second-hand SSNs from the U.S. in the 2030s as an interim measure. While U.K. will design and develop five new SSNs from the early 2040s to the late 2050s.

Official sources also confirms that cooperation between India and the U.S. on such a sensitive technology as the SSN is unlikely. It is because of the U.S. regulatory frameworks and India’s strategic autonomy.

India has its own indigenous programme for the design and development of SSNs. However, India is still looking to procure six advanced conventional submarines to arrest its depleting submarine strength, and also speeding up its SSN programme.

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