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The 2009 White Paper announced Australia's commitment "to acquire 12 new Future Submarines to be assembled in South Australia over the next three decades." The recently released 2013 White Paper seemed to confirm such a commitment.
On May 16, the Australian Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and his Swedish colleague Karin Enström announced that Australia and Sweden have "achieved a significant milestone agreement" in relation to Intellectual Property (IP) rights for submarine design and technology.
The agreement will allow Australia to use Swedish technologies for the design and production of its future submarine program, known as Project SEA1000 and aimed to replace the 1987 Collin Class submarines which were designed by Kockums AB from Sweden.
The agreement followed up a visit of Mr. Smith to Stockholm, Sweden's capital city on February 20. Australia and Sweden have developed long-lasting defense ties, "based on shared values and common strategic interests." The two countries' troops closely cooperated in Afghanistan as part of ISAF forces.
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