New supply opportunities are being offered to local firms interested in supporting the development of Navy’s future Attack Class submarines.
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Naval Group Australia has announced that a further $1 million in new supply opportunities for local industry are being offered via its Industry Capability Network portal, including 27 separate work packages comprising of 39 specific items required to develop Australia’s next-generation Attack Class submarines.
The prime has requested both ready-made and bespoke components designed specifically for the SEA 1000 project, including technologies for electrical and fluidic systems, valves, filters and rupture discs, and skilled services such as welding and machining.
Naval Group Australia is now expected to undergo a sourcing process, after which interested stakeholders may be invited to supply samples to be submitted for a qualification and testing process.
Prospective suppliers have been encouraged to join the shipbuilding company’s network of approximately 2,000 local businesses already registered with the Industry Capability Network’s Naval Group portal.
“The Attack Class submarines will provide an advanced and regionally-superior capability for the Royal Australian Navy, and are already delivering major opportunities for local industry,” Naval Group executive vice president for the Australian Future Submarine Program Lilian Brayle said.
“With this new $1 million suite of work packages, we are seeking to build business relationships in the growing national supply chain which can be sustained over our long-term project.
“These investments are creating local jobs, as well as enhancing Australia’s sovereign capability by working together to build new things that the construction of advanced submarines requires.”
This new $1 million pipeline is in addition to over $1 billion in support activities offered to Australian businesses.
This includes a $900 million local manufacturing package for the delivery of 23 complex items of submarine machinery and a $100 million expression of interest to supply tools and equipment to fit-out the new submarine construction yard at Osborne.
“The Attack Class project is making significant progress as we continue preparations for the construction of 12 new and advanced submarines,” Naval Group Australia CEO John Davis said.
“The multi-decade build will include many more opportunities for great Australian businesses to participate in our program.
“This is a great national endeavour, which is creating jobs and will transform our industry.”