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.
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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.