The three short-listed companies bidding for the Offshore Patrol Vessel builds, Fassmer (Germany), Lurssen (Germany) and Damen (Netherlands) have received the Request for Tenders today.
Within the tenders are certain stipulations that the foreign design companies need to address when making their bid. The prerequisites are meant to maximise the use of Australian industry and materials, in particular, Australian made steel.
"The Request for Tender will require each tenderer to develop an Australian Industry Capability Plan that maximises the opportunities for Australian industry participation,” said Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne.
"This includes how they will transition their existing supply chains to Australian supply chains, and how they will integrate local suppliers in their global supply chains.”
The builds are expected to begin in Adelaide in 2018 (ensuring vital jobs are kept at ASC between now and the 2020 Future Frigate build begins), and according to Minster Pyne, creating approximately 400 direct jobs.
"The 12 new Offshore Patrol Vessels will enhance our border protection and patrol missions by providing greater reach and endurance than the existing Armidale class patrol boat fleet," Minister Pyne said.
"These Australian-built vessels will form an important part of the government's investment to strengthen our maritime surveillance systems.
“Safeguarding Australia’s maritime approaches, offshore territories and borders is essential for Australia’s national security.”
Minister Pyne said this is part of the government's $89 billion investment in naval ships and submarines over the next 20 years, which will see Australia develop a strong and sustainable naval shipbuilding industry.
"This critical investment will generate significant economic growth and sustain several thousand Australian jobs over decades," he said.