There is significant activity in the submarine/ship building space with a view to moving into a continuous build cycle. This is a nation-building program larger in scale than the Snowy Mountains hydro scheme of the 50s and it must be viewed through a national lens, not a regional one.
SEA 1000 will deliver 12 new submarines. Shortly after the HunterNet talk, Defence signed the initial design contract with DCNS for the future submarine and Lockheed Martin was announced as the combat system integrator for the future submarine.
While they will be built in Adelaide, the supply chain will be national - indeed, this is a common theme for the ship building projects as well.
SEA 1180 will deliver 12 offshore patrol vessels – a competitive evaluation process is currently underway with three European design houses (Damer, Fassmer and Luerssen) with the goal to be in production on the first one (of two to be built in Adelaide, the remainder will be built in WA) by the end of 2018 – this is not far away!
Consequently, there will be a relatively light touch in terms of Australian unique design changes.
The third major project is SEA 5000, which will deliver nine Future Frigates. A competitive evaluation process is underway with three design houses (BAE Systems, Fincantieri and Navantia) with the goal to be in production on the first one (in Adelaide) by the end of 2020 – again this is not far away.
There are significant opportunities for industry in the national supply chain for these vessels.
Rear Admiral (RADM) Tony Dalton is the Head of the Joint Systems Division. In this role RADM Dalton oversees the acquisition and sustainment of the Australian Defence Force’s joint systems covering electronic warfare, communications and command support, satellites and tactical interoperability, surveillance and control systems, and guided weapons.
RADM Dalton has decades of Defence experience having joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1980 as a direct entry aviation midshipman. He has amassed over 5500 military helicopter flying hours and has extensive experience as a Sea King and Seahawk flight pilot, a display pilot and as a qualified helicopter instructor. He served as Executive Officer of 816 Squadron in 1996 and Commanding Officer of 805 Squadron in 2001.
RADM Dalton has held a number of senior operational and acquisition and sustainment management positions including Commander Fleet Air Arm in Navy and Director General Navy Aviation Systems and Head Helicopter Systems Division in the then Defence Materiel Organisation.