Australia is embarking on a A$35 billion (S$35.4 billion) project to secure a new fleet of frigates but the massive undertaking has raised concerns about the risk of cost blow-outs and delays.
The nine naval ships, to be built in Australia from 2020, will primarily be anti-submarine and will be able to carry combat helicopters. It will be the second-biggest project in Australian history, behind the new A$50 billion contract for new submarines - a deal won by French firm Naval Group.
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