Optimal Pathway


Optimal Pathway fact sheet (PDF 1.07 MB)


AUKUS partners have identified an Optimal Pathway to achieve the construction and delivery of SSN-AUKUS as an enduring nuclear-powered submarine capability for Australia.

The Optimal Pathway will:

  • Deliver Australia a conventionally-armed, nuclear-powered submarine (SSN) capability as soon as the early 2030s.
  • Elevate all 3 nations' industrial capacity to produce and sustain advanced and interoperable nuclear-powered submarines for decades to come.
  • Expand our individual and collective undersea presence in the Indo-Pacific and contribute to global security and stability in the region.

AUKUS partners appreciate the enormity of this endeavour and are committed to being responsible stewards of naval nuclear propulsion technology.

This pathway will ensure Australia safely and securely operates and sustains its nuclear-powered submarines.