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Source : Indian Defence Updates (IDU)
A former Rear Admiral of the Indian Navy, Admiral (Retd) Raja Menon has said that the United States has left out its two vital QUAD partners India and Japan from the
AUKUS (Australia-UK-US) grouping even though Indiaand Japan are QUAD-member countries that face a higher level of Chinese threat than Australia.
Rear Admiral Menon has advocated that India and Japanmust find common ground and join hands to develop Next Generation Nuclear Attack Submarines or SSNs, combining their existing submarine technology.
India has already developed its Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine SSBN, while Japanhas mastered the diesel-electric conventional submarines manufacturing, so the joint development of nuclear attack submarines between India and Japan will significantly reduce the developmental costs for both countries, this will be a win-win situation for both.