SEA 1000 prime contractor Naval Group has announced the release of expressions of interest (EOI) for the procurement of capital equipment related to the Submarine Construction Yard for the Attack Class submarines.
Naval Group Australia has commenced planning activities for the procurement of capital equipment related to the Submarine Construction Yard (SCY) to be built as part of the Future Submarines Program (FSP).
To inform this planning and to meet the objective of maximising the Australian industry participation in the FSP, Naval Group Australia has engaged with the Industry Capability Network (ICN) to release new EOIs seeking companies that may have the capability to design, manufacture and supply the required equipment.
The new EOIs include the long-lead items and materials required to be defined as part of the design of the submarine construction yards, including:
- Automatic welding machine for junctions;
- Rollers for cans;
- Flat working surface plate for rectification;
- Automated storage system for drum reels and cutting machine;
- Automated storage system for long items;
- Digitally controlled bending machine for large diameters;
- Retrieval machine for tubes;
- Universal milling machine;
- Boring machine;
- Digitally-controlled bending press;
- Forming press;
- Water jet cutting bench;
- Digitally controlled bending machine for medium diameters;
- Automated storage system for pallets;
- Cans tilting pivot;
- Piping hydraulic test installation;
- Pipe degreasing plant;
- Digitally controlled bending machine for small diameters; and
- Guillotine shearing machine.
The information released is a broad description of the functionality that is required, not a detailed specification. Once potential companies are identified, there will be a process to short-list those that are able to participate in a formal tender. Further information will be released to those companies that are short listed.
The list released does not include all capital equipment required for the SCY. Future EOIs for the supply of SCY equipment will be released via the ICN as SCY schedule progresses.
Naval Group has been identified as the prime contractor for the $50 billion SEA 1000 Future Submarine program to build 12 regionally-superior submarines to the Royal Australian Navy. Naval Group's successful Shortfin Barracuda design, which serves as the basis for the new Attack Class, is a conventionally-powered variant of the nuclear-powered Barracuda fast attack submarine currently under construction for the French Navy.
Lockheed Martin will provide the AN/BYG-1 combat control system, which provides an open-architecture submarine combat control system for analysing and tracking submarine and surface-ship contacts, providing situational awareness as well as the capability to target and employ torpedoes and missiles.
The 12 vessels will be built by Naval Group at a specialist submarine shipyard at Osborne, South Australia. The Commonwealth government’s Australian Naval Infrastructure program will support the development of the future submarine shipyards.
The Commonwealth government formally signed the strategic partnering agreement (SPA) with Naval Group in February 2019 ahead of confirming the final design specifications and requirements for the Attack Class submarines.
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The Attack Class will enter service with RAN at a time when 50 per cent of the world’s submarines will be operating in the Indo-Pacific region
To date Naval Group has engaged with over 1,100 Australian suppliers through EOIs, requests for information, supplier visits and industry events to develop an in depth understanding of Australian industry capability. Register your interest or to receive further information is available at the Industry Capability Network gateway and register for the Future Submarine Project here.