The global defence company had lauded Australia’s new nuclear submarine arrangement with its major allies.
The establishment of a new trilateral partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States (AUKUS) has been welcomed by defence contractor Babcock Australasia.
The new multinational agreement will see nuclear-powered submarines built in Adelaide, leveraging skills and resources provided by stakeholders in the US and UK.
The new plan signals the end of France-based Naval Group’s multi-decade contract to deliver 12 diesel-powered Attack Class submarines to replace the ageing Collins Class fleet as part of its $90 billion SEA 1000 contract.
CEO of Babcock Australasia David Ruff said the company would support the initiative by leveraging its international industry experience in the nuclear space.
“Babcock has a long-standing and proud heritage in nuclear energy stewardship and safety in the UK and, in partnership with the UK and Australian governments and local Australian industry, stands ready to deliver that capability in Australia,” he said.
Babcock supports the sustainment of the UK’s submarine fleet, helping deliver through-life support and life extension of the Vanguard, Trafalgar and Astute Class vessels.
The company also manages and operates two of the UK’s three Naval Bases — HMNB Clyde and HMNB Devonport.
“Babcock Australasia is a leading provider of submarine sustainment and technology development capability, both in Australia and the UK,” Ruff added.
The firm has also provided through-life support to the RAN’s six Collins Class submarine vessels.
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“[The] announcement is an historic moment — Babcock Australasia has the capability, the capacity and the experience to deliver,” Ruff said.
Further details regarding the fleet’s capability, project logistics, and the delivery timeline are to be fleshed out over the next 18 months.
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