Japan will dispatch a high-tech submarine to Sydney next month as it pulls out all the stops to win the contract to help build the replacement to Australia’s Collins Class fleet.
The Soryu Class submarine will be part of a joint training exercise with the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force, foreign media reports.
About 430 Japanese personnel are expected to take part and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force said the training would “foster collaboration” and “improve tactical skills”.
Australia's defense department confirmed the exercises, but declined to say which vessels would participate.
The 4,000-tonne Soryu faces off against a diesel-electric version of France's 5,000-tonne nuclear-powered Barracuda.
Australia is caught in a delicate position, as it is keen to maintain its relationship with both the United States and China, while tension rises between the two over the South China Sea, news daily reports.