An influential Australian senator on Thursday hit out at Japanese defence officials over comments that Australia was incapable of building a version of a high-tech Japanese-designed submarine at home.
Germany's ThyssenKrupp and France's state-controlled naval contractor DCNS separately are competing with a Japanese government-led bid for Australia's A$50 billion ($38.84 billion) next generation submarine project.
, which had been the front-runner in the planned sale of about 12 vessels to replace Australia
's ageing Collins class submarines, is under pressure to build at least some of the boats in South Australia
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