As a complete submarine power France has planned technology development pathways in detail to beyond the year 2080.
With France as Australia's international partner for the Future Submarines, imagine the technology and knowledge that will be available to Australia.
"As part of the rolling acquisition program, a review based on strategic circumstances at the time, and developments in submarine technology, will be conducted in the late 2020s to consider whether the configuration of the submarines remains suitable or whether consideration of other specifications should commence."
- 2016 Defence White Paper.
As part of the rolling acquisition program, the Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A will develop into the Block 1B.
Following the Australian Government's planned review in the late 2020's the Shortfin Barracuda Block 2A may emerge.