Adelaide-based ASC has used Euronaval 2018 to announce collaboration agreements with two European giants, FIVA and Endel, to develop key industrial and workforce capabilities in preparation for the $80 billion SEA 1000 project.
Euronaval 2018 has proven to be extremely fruitful for Australia's ASC, which has used the exhibition to formalise two key collaboration agreements as the company prepares for the next stage of SEA 1000.
FIVA and ASC intend to develop a joint submarine design workforce in Australia with the capability to satisfy Naval Group’s demands for design services in support of the Australian Future Submarine Program.
"We are proud to partner with ASC, who constructed and now maintains the Australian Collins submarine fleet," said Yannick Vergez, CEO of Groupe FIVA.
This proposed alliance seeks to exploit the capabilities resulting from the collaboration between a European long-term partner of Naval Group and an experienced Australian submarine designer and maintainer.
ASC chief executive Stuart Whiley welcomed the agreement, saying, "ASC is Australia’s foremost submarine platform company, with significant current design and build-like expertise developed over 30 years working in the heart of the Australian submarine sector."
As the sustainer and in-service platform designer for the Collins Class fleet, ASC offers current submarine design expertise able to deliver solutions that comply with Australian standards and the requirements of the Commonwealth of Australia.
This collaboration agreement will allow the development of a design workforce for submarines in Australia, which is familiar with the design processes, techniques and tools required by Naval Group.
The second collaboration agreement will see ASX and Endel Engie, an established supplier of construction and assembly services to Naval Group's submarine programs to explore the opportunities of collaboration of the alliance at ASC’s Osborne operations in Adelaide, in the state of South Australia, where ASC’s submarine deep maintenance is carried out and where it built the Collins Class fleet.
Emeric Burin des Roziers, CEO of Endel Engie, welcomed the announcement, saying, "We applaud this alliance, which opens up new perspectives for collaboration with ASC."
The collaboration is aimed at providing additional submarine building capacity in Australia to Australia’s Future Submarine program prime contractor Naval Group, he said.
"With the support of our colleagues from Engie Services Australia, our presence in Adelaide alongside ASC will enable us to offer Naval Group in Australia our well-known expertise and experience. Our teams will be trained in France and Australia to meet the stringent demands of submarine construction," Burin des Roziers said.
ASC Group is Australia’s largest locally owned defence prime contractor, employing more than 2,000 personnel engaged in Australian submarine maintenance, upgrade and sustainment and as shipbuilder for Australia’s Air Warfare Destroyer and Offshore Patrol Vessel programs.