The Commonwealth and Naval Group are calling for expressions of interest from Australian businesses eager to participate in the multibillion-dollar Future Submarine Program.
Naval Group (formerly DCNS) has several opportunities available for Australian suppliers to register interest for the Future Submarine Program through the Industry Capability Network (ICN).
In addition, the following general ROIs under the Future Submarine Program close on 30 June 2020:
- Buildings and infrastructure
- Fabrication and raw materials
- Mechanical and fluid systems and equipment
- Electrical and energy equipment and systems
- Software and hardware equipment and support
- Production and industrial services
- Production equipment and supplies
- Combat system-related platform systems
- Consulting and engineering services
- Other eervices and supplies
The program seeks to establish the Australian industrial capability necessary to support the build, operation and sustainment of the future submarine. This will involve maximising the involvement of Australian industry in all phases of the program without compromising capability, cost, schedule or risk.
Australia’s future submarines will be built in Adelaide, Australia. The first submarine will commence service in the early 2030s with construction of the last submarine in the 2050s. Sustainment will continue into the 2080s.
Naval Group’s Shortfin Barracuda design, which serves as the basis for the Royal Australian Navy’s new Attack Class, is a conventionally powered variant of the nuclear-powered Barracuda fast-attack submarine currently under construction for the French Navy.
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 with Naval Group in February 2019 ahead of confirming the final design specifications and requirements for the Attack Class submarines.
The Attack Class will enter service with the Royal Australian Navy at a time when 50 per cent of the world’s submarines will be operating in the Indo-Pacific region.