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BAE Systems signs Collins Class contract extension

BAE Systems signs Collins Class contract extension

The prime has been selected to provide ongoing in-service support for Australia’s fleet of Collins Class submarines.

The prime has been selected to provide ongoing in-service support for Australia’s fleet of Collins Class submarines.

The Commonwealth government has awarded a $45 million contract extension to BAE Systems for the provision of in-service periscope support for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) six Collins Class submarines.

The three-year extension involves the continuation of maintenance and logistics services, engineering and supply support and program management of 16 periscope systems at BAE Systems’ Mawson Lakes facility in South Australia and HMAS Stirling in Western Australia.

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The contract is expected to include overhauling each submarine’s attack and search periscope, with the work undertaken every seven years to ensure materiel readiness and structural integrity.

This latest contract builds on BAE Systems’ work manufacturing, sustaining, and upgrading the periscope systems for the Collins fleet since the submarines entered service with the RAN.

BAE Systems leveraged local capability during the build phase — using optics, electronics, cables, and mechanical parts, in collaboration with an initial supply chain.

BAE Systems Australia managing director, defence delivery, Andrew Gresham, welcomed the opportunity to continue supporting the fleet.  

“BAE Systems is a long-term sovereign capability partner with a 30-year pedigree in the manufacture and build, sustainment and upgrade of Collins Class submarine periscope systems for the Royal Australian Navy,” he said.

“We are delighted to announce this contract extension, building on our large body of work with the submarine enterprise and ensuring periscope systems for the Collins Class fleet.

“This contract award is testament to our organisation’s longstanding experience in delivering periscope systems here in Australia and our network of Australian industry partners delivering into the sustainment program.”

This latest contract comes just weeks after BAE Systems was selected to partner with the Commonwealth of Australia to deliver a sovereign sustainment capability to the Royal Australian Navy’s Hobart Class Destroyer (DDG) fleet based in Sydney.

As part of the $155 million contract, BAE Systems has been appointed as the Capability Life Cycle Manager for each of the Navy’s three Hobart Class destroyers — HMAS Hobart, HMAS Brisbane and HMAS Sydney.

The work involves managing the fleet over the next six years, ensuring they are “ready to fight and win at sea”.

BAE Systems is expected to operate out of existing Destroyer Enterprise facilities based at the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Base East in Sydney.

[Related: BAE Systems signs contract to optimise Hobart Class destroyers ]

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