An incredibly rare juncture where I agree with you: The US has an obligation under ANZUS to sell us whatever we need. A couple of second-hand nuclear submarines at a fraction of the cost of the Attack Class units would suffice.The biggest military ‘thing’ the US have sold to us is Link 11/16 etc.
No quite correct. The US is not obliged to sell us anything that we need under ANZUS. A recent example is the F22 raptor. They were in the mix for planning. Apart from the challenges to maintain them (which is significantly more complex than the F35) and the fact that they are currently only air to air capable presently, the US decided not to sell these to any alliance partners including Australia. Even though our politicians did make noise about this.
The US is not obliged to sell us nuclear capable subs if we wanted them. However if Australia decided to buy nuclear powered subs, I am sure that the US would allow us to buy, so that they can make a sale (to deny other suppliers), not because of any treaty. The real issue is that, if we did decide to go that way, it would be a massive change in terms of sailing subs. the challenge will be if our population will accept that. I doubt it, as we are not willing to have a large scale fission reactor for power, let alone a repository for spent nuclear fuel. How many decades have these issues have been discussed?
Even if there is a miracle and our community wants it, the US will put their interest first. Will enabling Australia to have nuclear capable subs ratchet up a risk of neighbouring countries buying similar equipment from China or Russia, even if they are aligned with the US? That will probably force the US to spend more to have presence to balance any increase in this region. Ironically, I think it does suit the US, that we do not sail nuclear powered subs.
The US is keen to sell us platforms, but there are limitations. Australia does enjoy a superior level of access to the technology over other US partners, but it isn't open ended.
They might ‘sell’ us a Los Angeles, but they’re getting a little long in the tooth now, Seawolf? Forget it, and the Virginia would likely have to be quite neutered to be available to sale to other nations.
We would be better off buying the actual Barracuda SSN, not the over priced pieces of smeg brought to us by Sean Costello.
I would say the F-35 and the Aegis combat system on the Hobarts (and later the Hunters) would be the top tier items the US has been willing to sell. Loads of countries have Link 11/16 integration.