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Submarine critique 'entirely wrong': Pyne

AAP logoAAP 13/09/2016

Businessmen who have criticised plans to build Australia's next submarines in Adelaide are "entirely wrong", Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne says.

A full-page advertisement in The Australian on Tuesday from businessmen including Dick Smith and John Singleton suggested buying off-the-shelf nuclear subs would have been a better option.

Mr Pyne said the businessmen were entitled to their opinion but said opinions could be informed, misguided or just plain wrong.

"And on this occasion those five gentlemen are entirely wrong and they've spent a lot of money telling the world how wrong they are," the minister from South Australia told ABC radio on Wednesday.

"The advice from defence was entirely clear and that was that the French DCNS design was the best for what we needed," Mr Pyne told ABC radio on Wednesday.

"We've chosen DCNS because we believe that they have the best record and the best designs in terms of large submarines, both nuclear and non nuclear, to build our submarines into the future."

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